2021 Peoria Mini-Walk to Defeat ALS Details

2021 Walk Theme: Superhero | Chapter Colors: Red & Yellow | Chapter Symbol: Sunflower 

Superhero Saturdays are Here

While the "official" Mini-Walk took place on Saturday, September 11th, there is still time to get involved and fight back against ALS!
What is a Superhero Saturday?

  • Similar to a Mini-Walk but not on the official Mini-Walk Date
  • You choose how your team participates
  • Modified Superhero Supply Boxes are sent to the Team Captain
  • T-Shirts can be earned

Have questions or want more information? Contact Sam (samantha@alsachicago.org). Superheroes are needed YEAR-ROUND so sign up for a Superhero Saturday today!

Coming *2* a Neighborhood Near You

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We encourage all Mini-Walks to take place on Saturday, September 11th at 10:00 am.

Our acclaimed Mini-Walk platform is back for year two! That means you choose:

  • where you walk
  • who you walk with
  • and the distance you walk

We are giving everyone the tools to host their own Walk to Defeat ALS from home to fit their team. It is our goal to have 50 events hosted on September 11th throughout the Peoria area. Will you join us?

Not sure about accepting this mission? Don't fret. We have awesome staff members that will help you every step of the way. Trust us, the Mini-Walks are AWESOME...just take a look at how 2020 turned out!

Curious to know more about our Mini-Walks? Click HERE to watch our 2021 Walk to Defeat ALS Kick-Off that took place on Tuesday, July 13th.

Want to know who your best friends will be over the next few months? Keep scrolling to meet Kendra and Sam!

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Event Dates

Mini-Walk Tools

Event T-Shirts

In the Community




Social Media


Your 2021 Peoria Walk Staff

Our staff is here to help you every step of the way! Not sure what a Mini-Walk is? Want to know the best ways to fundraise? Curious about t-shirts? These gals can cover all that and more! Please do not hesitate to reach out...ever...we mean it!

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Kendra Albers
Director of Development
217-898-9677 (cell)

Kendra Albers has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector fundraising for incredible organizations such as Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Kendra joined The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter in 2015 as the Walk to Defeat ALS Program Manager before transitioning to the Director of Development in 2019.

Interested in becoming one of our amazing Mini-Walk sponsors? Connect with Kendra today!

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Samantha Courter
Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator
312-932-0000 (office)

After three years of participating and volunteering with the Walk to Defeat ALS, Samantha joined the staff of the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter as Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator in early 2019. With a background in theatre, digital production, and communications, Samantha is honored and energized to be working daily on a cause so close to her heart.

You Don't Want to Miss This!


Our Mini-Walk platform has been named a 2020 Program of the Year by the Peer to Peer Professional Forum!

We are beyond excited and humbled to have received this honor! Thank you to each participant in 2020 that took our vision and made it their own. This was only possible because of you.

Check out the highlight in Forbes Magazine!

Save the Dates

 2021 PEO DAtes

Virtual Mini-Walk Kick-Off | Tuesday, July 13, 7:00-8:00 pm via Zoom
Get the details you need to get started on your Mini-Walk. Learn how the Mini-Walks create a lasting impact in our community. You DON'T want to miss this! Watch the recording here. checkmark

Team Week | Monday, August 9-Friday, August 13
You and your team have a chance to win prizes from daily challenges designed to help you reach your team and fundraising goals. We'll post a new challenge Monday through Friday, and you're welcome to take part in as many of the days as you'd like. Teams who participate in all five challenges will be entered in a drawing to win the chapter-wide grand prize! checkmark

Team Meeting #1 | Tuesday, August 24, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Hop on Facebook where Sam and Kendra will go live to answer questions and share recommendations for your Mini-Walks. During meeting one, we'll talk about building a team & fundraising tips. Have a question or suggestion you want to share with other walkers? Email us or comment during the video! Watch the recording here. checkmark

Team Meeting #2 | Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
We can't wait to hear what everyone has planned, so we'll hop on Facebook again on the Tuesday before Mini-Walk day to check in. During the second meeting, we'll talk through our recommended Mini-Walk checklist and share some "to-dos" and "not to-dos." (Direct link will be available one week in advance.)

Mini-Walk Tools

We want you to be successful AND have fun!  We are working hard on creating content that is practical, helpful, and enjoyable.
Team Captain Superhero Supply Boxes | Available now - a box will be mailed to team captains when they register
Superhero Guide Book | everything you need to know about Walk Season can be found in this guide!
Deposit Slips | for use turning in offline donations
Communication Calendar
 | Want to know when we will post updates, host meetings, or send emails? This calendar has the dates you need
Social Media Tools | Whether you are on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, we have you covered! Plus, games for your social media stories
Social Sunflower | Quick and easy way to raise funds utilizing our chapter symbol (the sunflower) and social media
Team Poster | Use this document to customize to your team and share via email, social media, postal service, etc.!

Coming soon:

Mini-Walk Checklist | as Mini-Walk day approaches, we'll provide reminders and tips to help prepare for your Mini-Walk


2021 Peoria Mini-Walks to Defeat ALS Shirt


Event T-Shirts

Each registered individual that raises $90 will earn a 2021 Walk to Defeat ALS Peoria T-Shirt. Key pieces of information about t-shirts:

  • Team member t-shirts will be mailed to Team Captains near Mini-Walk day.
  • It is the Team Captain's responsibility to disseminate the t-shirts to the team.
  • T-shirts CAN be earned after September 11th.
  • Team t-shirts are encouraged but are not designed by The ALS Association.
  • Should you have any questions, concerns, or need special accommodations, please reach out to Kendra!

Log into Participant Center to check your progress!

In the Community

Friday, August 27: Peoria Chiefs ALS Awareness Night at Dozer Park in Peoria
Saturday, August 28: 1st Annual Phil Hathaway ALS Fishing Tournament in Danville
Saturday, August 28: Tina Decker Memorial ALS Motorcycle Ride in Pekin
Wednesday, September 1: Giveback Night at the Fox Pub in Peoria

See all Chapter events on our event calendar



Our sponsors make the Walk to Defeat ALS possible and we are so grateful for their support. Is your company interested in becoming a partner in our Walk to Defeat ALS? Learn more in our Sponsorship Packet and contact Kendra Albers, Director of Development at the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter for more information on getting involved!


While nothing could quite replace our annual in-person raffle, this year we'll again be holding a Chapter-wide online silent auction via Charity Auctions Today. Like the raffle, our hope is that the auction provides a fun opportunity to raise money, show your teams' style, and even incorporate your favorite local businesses and artists into the Walk to Defeat ALS.
The auction will be open September 1-30 and seen by participants across our Chapter (Northern IL, Central IL, Greater Chicagoland, and parts of Northwest IN). Every item will be tagged with the Walk location of the donor – so items donated by someone in Peoria will be labeled Peoria.  Everyone will be welcome to bid on that item, but the funds raised will go toward the Peoria Walk goal.
Learn more here! Please submit donation forms by Friday, August 25th to kendra@alsachicago.org.


Read our pre-event press release here. If you'd like to write a story about the Mini-Walks, contact Sam, Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator at the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter -- she'd be happy to assist in getting quotes, answering questions, and spreading the word!

Get Social

Join the 2021 Mini-Walks Facebook Group to share ideas, tips, and encouragement with fellow walkers as we work together to create a world without ALS.

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