Elijah’s Walk to raise awareness, money for bleeding disorders
PARKERSBURG — The second annual Elijah’s Walk to raise funds and awareness of bleeding disorders will be held 6:30 p.m. June 10 at City Park.
The walk will include activities for adults and children, including a bouncy house, and exhibitors with information about bleeding disorders, said organizer Corrina Moore.
The namesake of the annual walk is Elijah Moore, Moore’s grandson, who died in March 2014, 17 days after his birth from a bleeding disorder, she said. Moore said the disorder was not diagnosed in time.
Bleeding disorders, of which there is no cure, occur when the blood is unable to clot, she said.
“My goal is to raise awareness about bleeding disorders,” Moore said.
The first Elijah’s Walk was held in 2015.
The actual physical walk, a one-lap course around City Park, will start around 8:30 p.m. The one lap is around a mile, Moore said.
Among the exhibitors will be the West Virginia Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation. All proceeds from the walk will go to the chapter.
“Everything we raise stays in West Virginia,” Moore said.
The cost to take part in the walk is $20, which includes food, refreshments and a T-shirt, Moore said.
Companies can also sponsor the walk, she said., For $50, the company gets a name on a poster and for $100, the company goes on the route sign.
For $150, the company is identified on the T-shirt. For $250, the name goes on the walk poster and the T-shirt.
A $500 sponsorship entitles the sponsor to a sign on the walk route, the name on the poster and the T-shirt and a table to exhibit at the walk.
The goal is to raise $5,000, or more, Moore said. The walk raised nearly $5,000, she said.
“I was almost there last year,” she said.
The state chapter of the Hemophilia Foundation uses funds from Elijah’s Walk for programming and events, including its Family Camp and annual meeting, Medic Alert bracelets, gas cards for patients for medical appointments and an emergency fund for individuals with bleeding disorders who are in immediate financial need.
Four pharmaceutical companies will have exhibit tables where information about medicines will be available, Moore said.
Entertainment also will be available, Moore said.
Rob Lightner from the Morgantown area will perform. He has toured with the Rick K and the Allnighters. His acoustic and rock repertoire includes James Taylor, Keith Urban, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley and Lyle Lovett.
Participants can register on the day of the walk and can contact Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304 483-6329. Donations should be sent to the West Virginia Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, P.O. Box 4214, Morgantown, WV 26504, and indicate that it is for Elijah’s Walk.