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Dawns Army

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 three 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 is only one case diagnosed per million people each year.

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To donate to Dawn's Army, text Strides2022 dawnsarmy 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.





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About Strides for CJD

Strides for CJD is an annual walk/run to raise awareness of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure. Through this event, anyone -- anywhere -- can pay tribute to their loved ones and raise funds for the CJD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Funds raised support our programs including:

  • Our 24/7 helpline, support groups, conference, and other family programs throughout the year.
  • Research grants to help scientists make important discoveries and bring us closer to a cure.
  • Medical education to help raise awareness and understanding of prion disease.