Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 1

Location: Central Park of Morris County

1 Governor Chris Christie Drive, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ  07950

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:30am-9:30am: Registration
  • 10:00am: Run Begins
  • 10:15am: Walk Begins
  • 11:30am: Event Concludes

Captains: Meg Morgan and Casey Conner - morriscountrystrides@outlook.com

Registration Information

  • Register by Wed., Aug. 24th, 11:59pm ET to receive a free Strides for CJD t-shirt with your registration.
  • Registration costs $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under thru Thurs., Sept. 15th, 11:59pm ET. After that, costs jump to $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 & under.
  • Online registration ends Thursday, 12:00pm ET the Thursday before your event. After that, you can register on-site the day of your event.

Casey Conner NJ Captain shares her personal story in memory of her Mother. The Morris County Strides event will be in memory of, and support for all those who have been impacted by CJD.

There were only five short weeks from when Casey first realized something was wrong until her mother, Kathi Rutkowski’s, untimely passing. It all started when a fellow teacher sent Kathi home after she accidentally sat a student with a PB&J sandwich next to a student with a peanut allergy. This uncharacteristic mistake in her 25-year career led to a doctor’s appointment where she got an MRI  that came back with three potential causes Meningitis, Encephalitis or Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).  

Within weeks Kathi lost her ability to speak. She started having hallucinations. She struggled with walking. She wasn’t able to dress herself or take a shower. She stopped using the bathroom and had to wear adult diapers. Eventually she was 100% reliant on the hospice nurses. She stopped eating and was unable to drink or take her medications. She passed away on April 2, 2014 after slipping into a coma. 

A spinal tap confirmed that Kathi had sporadic CJD. CJD is a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure. The incidence of CJD is approximately one and half to two people per million per population per year. In the United States this translates to approximately 550-600 new cases per year. But it is well known that CJD is very difficult to diagnose, leading to speculation that this incidence may be incorrect. 

In 2015 Casey decided to host a Strides for CJD event in Morris County, NJ because she wanted no one else to suffer like her family did. Through the event, Casey is raising awareness about CJD, fundraising for continued research so that one day there can be treatment and hopefully a cure, and keeping her mom’s memory alive. Strides for CJD is also helping with her healing process of such a tough and sudden loss. 

Text to Give

To donate to Strides for CJD - Morris County text Strides2022 morriscountystrides to 50155.

About Fundraising

Donations of $250 and above are considered sponsorships.

Sponsorship Levels:

  • Diamond: $10,000
  • Platinum: $5,000
  • Gold: $1,000
  • Silver: $500
  • Bronze: $250

Diamond and Platinum Sponsors will have their name or logo displayed on participant t-shirts, the Strides for CJD website, and signage. Gold Sponsors will have their name or logo displayed on the Strides for CJD website, and will have their name listed on participant T-shirts and signage. Silver and Bronze Sponsors will have their name listed on the Strides for CJD website only.

Our Supporters

  • Facebook Donor 9 hours ago $75.00
  • Lina & Tommy Catanzaro Lina, Tommy, Maggie & Brother ♥️ A day ago $106.00
  • Barbara Nothstein In memory of Jerry Hartman, our wonderful neighbor. A day ago $53.00
  • Donna Peger A day ago $100.00
  • Kenneth Cooke A day ago $106.00
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  • ARY 4 weeks ago $2,650.00
  • Dennis Jeffers Sr. Last month $1,061.80
  • Xtreme Technologies Group In loving memory and honor of Jerry Yaffa Last month $1,060.00
  • Dave and Mingie Maida I love you Conners 2 days ago $1,000.00
  • CATANZARO AND SONS ENTERPRISES May the growing participation in fundraising lead to the cure of this tragic disease 4 weeks ago $1,000.00
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