Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 1

Location: Veterans Memorial Park (Geyser Park)
10 Adams Road, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00am: Registration
  • 11:00am: Opening Remarks
  • 11:15am: Walk Begins
  • 12:30pm: Auction/Raffle
  • 1:00pm: Event Concludes

Captains: Michele Miles and Sue Green - saratoganystrides@outlook.com

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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.

Michele Miles & Sue Green are the Captains of Strides4CJD Saratoga. They host the strides event in memory of Dawn Wood, their sister-in-law and friend. Strides4CJD Saratoga is in memory and support of all those affected by CJD.

In April of 2019 Dawn started to experience balance issues after returning from a trip to Florida.  Her symptoms continued to get worse and new symptoms were developing everyday.  After numerous trips to different doctors and hospital stays on July 16, 2019, our family received an earth-shattering diagnosis.  Dawn had sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).  Her family surrounded her and cared for her while the disease rapidly progressed.

She a was a loving wife of 32 years, mother of four kids and a Mema of four grandchildren and anticipating the arrival of her fourth. She cherished her family and loved spending time with them. Not only did she give selflessly to her family she extended that to her work as a caregiver for all of her patients. She was a beautiful woman who was one of the most loving, caring, and selfless persons we were blessed to have in our lives.

We decided the day of her diagnosis that we were going to become a voice for her by forming Dawn’s Army! We couldn’t believe this devastating rare incurable disease could happen to her and we knew we had to become her warriors. We immediately got a second opinion and started researching this rare, debilitating disease and realized there was no hope of saving her. We were by her side until she left this world on August 20, 2019 and our fight for her will continue until we can find a cure. 

We started our strides journey by participating in a strides4cjd walk in Boston, MA in October 2019.  It was at this walk that we decided we wanted to hold our own walk locally in NY and strides4cjd Saratoga was started.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a degenerative brain disorder that leads to dementia and, ultimately, death. Initial signs and symptoms typically include personality changes, anxiety, depression, memory loss, impaired thinking, difficulty speaking and/or swallowing, and jerky movements. Worldwide there are one and a half to two cases diagnosed per million population each year.

Text to Give

To donate to Strides4CJD Saratoga text Strides2022 saratogastrides 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

  • Christina Gerasia 8 hours ago $26.50
  • Arielle Fernandez 15 hours ago $56.00
  • Concetta Sestito 15 hours ago $54.80
  • Beth Gustofson 2 weeks ago
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  • Michele Miles From the family & friends of Dawn Wood May 2022 $780.00
  • Jacob Wood May 2022 $196.10
  • Jacob Wood May 2022 $196.10
  • Lisa Cook 4 weeks ago $107.80
  • Douglas Derepentigny June 2022 $106.00
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