Event Details


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

Date: Sunday, October 9

Location: Huston Sports Complex (Lewis and Clark College Baseball Field)

10120 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR  97219

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00am: Registration, Memory Table Open, Rock Painting Begins
  • 9:45am: Auction and/or Raffle begins
  • 10:00am: Opening Remarks, Rock Painting Closes
  • 10:15am: Walk Begins
  • 1:00pm: Walk Concludes

Captain: Elaine Woehlert - portlandstrides@outlook.com

Press Coverage: "Foundation aims to raise money to combat rare disease near Lake Oswego"

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.

Elaine Woehlert is Captain of Portland Strides for CJD in memory of her son. Portland Strides for CJD is in memory and support of all those affected by CJD.

In 2012 at the too-young age of 33, Elaine Woehlert’s son passed away. He was only sick for a few months. First doctors thought he had multiple sclerosis, then they thought he should be evaluated by a psychiatrist. When he went to the emergency room the final time, after only a few days, he was moved to hospice and then passed of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). The only way they identified the cause of death was from his autopsy. 

The incidence of CJD is approximately one and a 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. What Elaine experienced with the lack of diagnosis of her son happens all too frequently. 

Spreading awareness and supporting medical education for physicians is one of the reasons Elaine now hosts Strides for CJD in Portland, OR. For Elaine, the event is an annual tribute to her son’s life, gathering of other community members who have had a devastating experience with prion disease, and fundraiser for the hope that nobody will have to go through what they went through. At the event, families say the names of all who have passed and share photos at the memory table that is set up. There is live music playing bluegrass and door raffle prizes to raise money. 

Text to Give

To donate to Strides for CJD - Portland text Strides2022 portlandstrides 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

  • James Nathan Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear son, Chris. - Aaron & Kristin Nathan November 2022 $100.00
  • Dan McCool November 2022 $106.00
  • Robert Ackerman November 2022 $53.00
  • Kathleen Heidenreich November 2022 $50.00
  • Lisa Grover My condolences to your family. Thank you for sharing Chris with us. November 2022 $106.00
  • Jeff & Chris Gould October 2022 $1,060.00
  • Gary Haldorson July 2022 $1,060.00
  • Keith Krueger In loving memory of my dear friend Chris Mertz! October 2022 $1,000.00
  • Elaine Woehlert June 2022 $533.60
  • Paquita Rupp Jimmy was truly loved and admired by so many. I loved this man, my husband, for 62 years. Thank you, Emily, for doing this for your father! September 2022 $530.00





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