Event Details

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Online registration is now closed. Registration day of the event will be available on-site.

Date: Saturday, October 1

Location: Clement Park, Shelters P & Q

7306 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO  80123

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00am: Registration
  • 9:00am: Opening Remarks/Walk Begins, Raffle and Refreshments
  • 11:30pm: Event Concludes

Captains: Kalee Polichio and Stephanie Clark - denverstrides@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.

Captains Kalee and Stephanie Started the Denver Strides Event In Memory of Their Mother

The Denver Strides event is in memory of, and support for all those who have been impacted by CJD.

Kalee first noticed her mother, Lesa, was ‘off’ during the 2016 holiday season. In February, she was diagnosed with vertigo and recommended to do physical therapy. In March, she called Kalee saying she didn’t feel good while at her work construction site and ended up face down in the parking lot. She was taken to the hospital where a doctor did an MRI and spinal tap and suspected she may have CJD.

Kalee started researching CJD. She learned that it is a devastating illness and hoped that the doctor was wrong. Her research led her to the CJD Foundation and they walked her and her sister through everything they should know.

After receiving the official CJD diagnosis, Lesa lost her speech, went on hospice care over Mother’s Day weekend, and ultimately passed in June.

In 2018, Kalee and her sister, Stephanie, decided to start a Strides for CJD event in Denver. They wanted to have a place for families who are affected by prion disease to remember their loved ones, spread awareness of prion diseases, and build a support network.

Strides for CJD is an annual walk/run that families host in different cities across the country the first two weekends of October. Through the event Kalee and Stephanie are able to help other families, including families who have traveled from Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska to attend their event in Denver.

At the event, families can write a tribute or memory of their loved one and share photos at the memory table.

Text to Give

To donate to Strides for CJD - Denver text Strides2022 denverstrides 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

  • Keith Albertson 10 hours ago $53.00
  • Robyn Zakavec 15 hours ago $53.00
  • Thomas Beckmann A day ago $100.00
  • Anonymous In remembrance of Ron McCain 2 days ago $53.00
  • Ruth and Rey Pana Donation in memory of Ron McCain 2 days ago $100.00
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  • Malia Lewis Miss you grams! I'm making you proud I promise :) Last month $1,060.00
  • Humana Humana supports the research and families affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease July 2022 $1,060.00
  • Sue Reynolds What a great way to honor Ron’s memory! Susie Last month $1,000.00
  • Roger & Anne Sayler In loving memory of our daughter Lesa Curtis who lost the battle with CJD at 52 years young. We miss your smile, laughter, and great sense of humor, every day. July 2022 $1,000.00
  • Perfectly Imperfect Wellness LLC In loving memory of Barbara Green July 2022 $1,000.00
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