Virtual 5k Run/Walk Event
Join us for PMG Awareness Organization's 7th Annual 5k Virtual Run/Walk Event - "Hope Floats." Hope Floats... the idea stemmed from our fellow PMG mom and volunteer of the organization, Laura Will. She wrote, "For the PMG Awareness Organization this year, Hope Floats is a celebration of hope. Hope is an expansive trust, despite uncertainty and suffering, that love and joy and community continue to grow. In states of isolation and fear, the mind closes and the heart looks for what might go wrong. However, when we hold hope in our hearts, it offers us a wonderfully buoyant perspective that can continue to carry us through the darkness. In a year of so much fear and isolation around the globe, watching our families grow and adapt inspired hope. Supporting each other through loss inspired hope. Connecting with a family across the country and around the world through PMG Awareness inspired hope. We shared our sorrows and joys, our challenges and lifehacks. Collectively, our hope grows and inspires others. Despite adversity, hope lifts us all up, as individuals and communities. Hope floats." Hope does float! Join us in "Unlocking the Mysteries of Polymicrogyria" and create hope that floats.
Location: Anywhere In the World!!
This is a virtual run/walk 5K event and can be completed wherever you are and at any time between October 2nd - 16th, 2021.
Complete it all at once or complete a little bit each day. You can run, jog, or walk on the street, a trail or even on a treadmill. Those who need assistance can be pushed in their wheelchairs. There is really no wrong way to accomplish the distance... it's up to you! Go at your own pace and enjoy the process!
Our hope is that each parent of a child diagnosed with PMG, and adults with PMG, will create a TEAM under their child's or his/her name. We encourage that the TEAM be shared with friends and family and over social media, while asking for their support by either registering for the event under that particular team name OR by having them donate directly to your TEAM.
In order for you or other participants to join or create a TEAM, you must agree to create your own PERSONAL FUNDRAISER during the registration process. Once you agree, you will see a drop down of already existing TEAM NAMES that you can join OR you can create your own. You will need to join a team or create your own to proceed with registration. If you are simply joining a team, you can choose to share your fundraising page with others to attempt to gain more donations for the team, but it is not required.
In previous years we've encouraged participants to get creative with this event by hosting events and incorporating the 5K into the festivities. We would still like to encourage participants to get creative with this event; just please do so safely and by following the guidelines in place by your local government officials in you area with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past participants have asked their attendees to meet at a local park or their home. While completing the event, they incorporated music, games, BBQ's and other fun entertainment! The possibilities are endless! The goal of this virtual event is to raise money and awareness for polymicrogyria, so we want you to have fun with it! Again, just be safe in doing so.
Feel free to share photos and videos of your own event in our PMG Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/PMGawareness/
Important Dates to Remember
Every participant will receive a custom medal, event t-shirt and PMG Awareness latex balloon. You must register for the event by September 12th, 2021 in order to receive your medal and t-shirt by the official start of the event on October 2nd, 2021 (Shirts and medals will be shipped to you on September 27th). Those who register AFTER September 12th, 2021 will receive their merchandise AFTER the event has ended. Each registrant will also have the ability to purchase additional t-shirts during the time of registration.
By participating in the PMG "Hope Floats" event, you will be benefiting the PMG Awareness Organization, Inc. by helping us provide our families with the Bi-annual Family Convention, which will be held in Costa Mesa, California in 2022. This event is so important because it brings PMG families together so that they can connect and learn from one another as well as from other medical professionals. Many of these families are newly diagnosed and are just starting out on their journey. The majority of these newly diagnosed families have never met another individual with PMG. The connections that are formed and the amount of information gained during these conventions are life changing! Families are given a renewed sense of hope and encouragement, all the while, being surrounded by others who truly understand the path that they are on. There is nothing like it! Your support also helps us to host events with your incredible race car, Team PMG Awareness. These events travel across the country, families and individuals come from all over to see their name on the car and to spend the day watching Team PMG Awareness win! They always win in our hearts because they are racing for us! Spreading awareness and uniting a community is always a win and are champions!
Last year, the Virtual Run/Walk event brought in approximately $32,000! This year, we are hoping to beat $35,000, regardless of any obstacles! With your help, and with those you share this event with, we believe that we can reach our goal!! 100% of all net proceeds raised from the Virtual Run/Walk event will go directly to the PMG Awareness Organization, Inc.to continually fulfill it's mission and allow Hope to Float for our community.
Thank you to all of our friends, families, supporters, and volunteers who come together every year to make this event a success. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you!
Want to Learn More?
The PMG Awareness Organization (PMGA) is an international non-profit consisting of families, caregivers and medical professionals who care about and strive to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Polymicrogyria.
You can learn more about our organization and what Polymicrogyria is by visiting our website at http://www.pmgawareness.org