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Take Steps of Support in September

Sep 02, 2013 08:52PM

This is an ideal month to “take steps” to get lots of fresh air and exercise while assisting others in the community. Several walking events (some also include running) that support health and wellness throughout our city and state are planned, all raising funds and awareness for worthy causes via participants making donations and/or collecting pledges beforehand.

        The Indianapolis Heart Walk, part of the American Heart Association’s national campaign to get America moving more, will hold its opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. followed by various walks and runs on September 14 at the White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. It is a non-competitive event that celebrates those that have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and education, advocate for health and save lives. Funds are collected by walkers to support the cause—there is no fee to register and walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk Tshirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. Funds are also raised by a 5K Run which takes place on the same day. For more information, call 317- 873-3640 or visit

          Inspiring Hope for Others is the theme of the St. Vincent Cancer Walk, starting at 7 a.m. on September 21 at Lion’s Club Park, in Zionsville. Many lives are impacted by this devastating disease—this year, out of the nearly 1.7 million Americans diagnosed with cancer, more than 35,000 are in Indiana. This walk focuses on raising hope, funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. There will be a 10-Mile Challenge Walk for those looking for an inspirational personal challenge, and a 3-Mile Family Walk. Walkers form teams and set fundraising goals with the funds supporting programs, services, technology and research that help St. Vincent Hospital provide patients personal, effective and holistic care from diagnosis through treatment. For more information, visit

        Saxony Park, in Fishers, will host the inaugural Choose to Move Race for Parkinson’s, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., also on September 21. Proceeds from the timed 5K and 10K Run, plus a familyand pet-friendly 5K Fun Run/Walk, will benefit the nonprofit Indiana Parkinson Foundation (IPF). After the races, participants can enjoy sponsor booths and food at a post-race wellness expo. Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that involves malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain. IPF has several locations across Indiana that offer the Parkinson’s community and their families a place for wellness, fitness and support. Location: 13578 E. 131st St. For more information, call 317-690-0315 or visit

        The Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run & Walk is an outreach, awareness and fundraising event hosted by Ovar’coming Together. The run is held on the last Saturday of each September to wrap up Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Participants in the event, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis City Market on the 28th, can sign up for the activity of their choice, selecting from a 1-mile family walk, 5K walk, 5K competitive run or a Zumba workout. Advocates and registrants are challenged to collect pledges prior to the event to increase both funds raised and awareness about ovarian cancer. The event will include education, entertainment, a Survivor’s Tent, guest speakers, a health fair, TEAL market and more. Location: 222 E. Market St. For more information, visit Run-Walk.html.

        A two mile walk to raise funds to support research, care services, advocacy and public policy in the fight against ALS will also take place at noon on September 28 at White River State Park. The Walk to Defeat ALS Indianapolis Walk provides an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, raise money for a cure and to gather as a group of advocates for change. The walks are held in many states throughout the year, and are the ALS Association’s biggest annual event, raising funds for this national nonprofit organization to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The association works to build hope and enhance quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information, call 317-915-9888 or email [email protected]

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