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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City has another record-breaking Walk for LOVE

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City has another record-breaking Walk for LOVE

The Walk for LOVE™ committee agrees, 2019 was our best year yet! We had more than 1,100 walkers, including 124 patients and over $128,000 was raised – up from $65,000 last year. Our fundraising success came from sponsorships, team fundraising and our presenting partner, Big O Tires.

Social media coverage of the day reached over 45,000 people! 

Here are some more impressive statistics!

  • 15 corporate sponsors of the event
  • 39 teams reached Champions for LOVE status
  • Team Londyn, our top Champions for LOVE team, brought in $21,450!

Piper, a patient from New Mexico, delighted us with her incredible voice. She sang at the Friday night kick-off lunch and performed the national anthem to start the Saturday morning walk.

Many hospital staff members were cheering on the walkers, including therapists, child life specialists and physicians. Incredible moments happened as patients crossed the finish line and saw their doctor there, ready to put a medal around their neck.

The success of the event was possible thanks to more than 80 volunteers, including Shriners, Idaho Jobies, El Mejdel Daughters of the Nile from Denver, Sundance Canyon Academy, the Iranian-American Society of Utah and a boy scout group! We also had employees and registered Shriners Hospitals for Children volunteers who assisted with set-up, registration, parking and clean-up. Michelle Steenblik and Tyree Bee did a fantastic job overseeing registration leading up to and on the day of the walk. Volunteers at the most popular stop at the event, Fezzy’s Rescue Squad, gave out teddy bears to more than 300 children. 

The main goal of Walk for LOVE is to celebrate our amazing patients and their families, and to raise funds for the hospital. This year we were successful with both goals. The stories we hear from our patients are inspiring and remarkable. Jim, a former patient from the 50s, attended the Walk for LOVE for the first time. Overwhelmed by the whole experience, he said, “Wow, you really know how to put on a show! We were totally touched and impressed with every aspect of the Walk for LOVE.”

COllage of images from the Walk for LOVE