Catching Up & Strides Walk 2018



I’ve been away from the blog for a few months. November and December were full of planning, traveling and holidays. January and February have been months of just living and enjoying family. So here’s to catching up in March!

In November of 2018 the Pike Road Lions Club hosted their first annual Strides Walk for Diabetes Awareness.


I was honored that the Lions asked me to help plan this inaugural event and I look forward to more! I am thrilled to say this first walk raised over $4,000.00 for Camp Seale Harris.


The community came together in a beautiful way at Cottonwood Golf Club. We had a windy start to the day, but we were prepared with tape and paper weights! We welcomed participants as they joined us to check in.

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Thirty students from Alabama Christian Academy volunteered their time on the chilly morning of November 10. Ladarius Woods, fitness instructor, ASU faculty, and Lion, helped everyone warm up with a workout.



Our vendors and presenters tables shared information about Camp Seale Harris, PreHab Diabetes Services, and Sugar Rush Survivors.

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Paige Pritchett, from Service Dogs of Alabama, came to support the cause with a service dog in training.


Bob Bostic was our announcer for the day.


Jeff Pinegar, Vice President of the Pike Road Lions Club, introduced our guest of honor, Eric Snitil, meteorologist with WSFA, who has had type 1 diabetes since 2001.


Eric spoke to the crowd about living well with diabetes and started off the walk for our participants.



As we walked the back nine of Cottonwood Golf Club, we were guided by students from Alabama Christian Academy who ensured we made all the right turns. Friends and family, some with strollers, walked together with students, Lions and other supporters.

As we finished the course we were greeted by cheering Lions and students holding a Finish sign.

Jim Dunham, “The Music Guy” spun tunes, while participants chatted and ate snacks.


Special thanks goes to Amy Halse, Grasshopper’s school nurse for her daily attentive kindness, compassion and for taking photos during the walk!

The Lions were ready for eye exams with their eye chart machines.

Eric Snitil and Grasshopper compared insulin pumps after the walk.


It was a great first event and we hope to partner with more local sponsors in 2019!

Diabetes Hero Sponsors ($1,200)

  • Amy and Jacob Halse

Defeat Diabetes Sponsors ($250)

  • Prime South Bank
  • Wayne & Charlene Rabren
  • Weatherford & Day Engineers, Inc.
  • Post Tension Technologies, LLC.

9 @ 9 Hole Sponsors ($100)

  • Dixie Electric Co-Op.
  • Southern Lands
  • Coates Optical
  • Anonymous
  • Larry & Nancy Stowe
  • Southeast Alabama Gas
  • Jack and Linda Jackson
  • Alan and Becky Turnham
  • Evielean Howell
  • Pike Road Dental
  • Pike Road Counseling
  • Golden Animal Hospital
  • Baptist First
  • KESS Environmental
  • Tammy’s Market & Pye Bar

Go Fund Me Sponsors ($25-$20)

  • Kristian McDaniel
  • David Proctor
  • Denise Schovel
  • Connor Pinegar

In-kind sponsors

  • Renfroe’s Market
  • Jim Dunham “The Music Guy”
  • Cottonwood Golf Club
  • Pepsi
  • Signs Now
  • Sweet Creek


  • PreHab Diabetes
  • Camp Seale Harris
  • Sugar Rush Survivors

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