You’ve probably heard of Relay for Life. Over the past few decades, walking to raise funds for charities—especially health-related charities—has become extremely popular, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is one of the most visible charity walks there is. It’s far from the only one, however. While cancer gets the bulk of public attention, many other causes sponsor charity walks every day.
You already know walking can make a difference to your own health. When you walk for a cause, even with a walking cane, it might just make a difference for someone else too. Walking for a cause is good for both your body and your spirit. It’s a great way to stay active while giving back to the community, and whatever cause is closest to your heart, there’s probably a walk to support it. Below is a sampling of worthy walks, from the biggest to the smallest.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure sponsors many charity events to raise awareness about breast cancer and funding for research, including Race for the Cure and Marathon for the Cure. 3-Day for the Cure happens annually in 15 different cities across the country, and consists of a 60-mile walk spread out over three days. Participants camp out in the evening during the three days of the walk. You don’t need to worry that you won’t be able to finish because you need a walking cane. Walkers are supported every step of the way, with transport between pit stops and camps if needed. Funds raised go towards both research and community health and education programs.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
This is a walk with a twist. Intended to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault against women, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks participants to do just that: walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. Yes, men too. In fact, the event is primarily aimed at men. Walking a mile in women’s shoes, event organizers say, both gives men a different perspective on women and opens up conversations within the community about sexual violence. First you walk the walk, they say, then you talk the talk.
Out of the Darkness Community Walks
Every year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters. This walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, takes participants on a 20-mile, all-night walk through the darkness, from dusk until dawn. Out of the Darkness walks in some 350 cities nationwide in an effort to raise awareness of suicide. Funds support suicide prevention programs.
Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
With more than 450,000 participants in over 600 locations, the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk not only raises funds for research but also for care and support.
Walk to Cure Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis is an annual 3K or 5K event. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the country’s leading cause of disability, and funds go to support research into a cure for this debilitating disease.
If you have a favorite charity, they probably sponsor a fundraising walk. If you can’t find an event in your area, Active has a great search tool to help you find the perfect walk/run near you.
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