Fall events get donors on their feet (for great causes)


Now is the time of year to lace up the athletic shoes and pound the pavement for a good cause. It’s a great way to be of service by providing much-needed funds while having a reason to add some fitness to your day. 

Three Rivers resident Bertha Garza is assembling a team to participate in next month’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a 3.1-mile walk that begins and ends at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. Bertha is the owner of Comforting Assistance in Three Rivers, a licensed in-home care facility, so she knows how imperative it is to provide time and money to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision of a world without the disease. Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

“I’m walking for the beautiful individuals that I have had the privilege to assist as a caregiver and founder of Comforting Assistance,” writes Bertha on her online Team Page. “I know, firsthand, that too many people and their families have been affected by Alzheimer’s.”

To join Bertha’s team or to make a donation, call her at (559) 936-3054. To join or donate online, search “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Visalia,” then select the first listing that delineates Tulare County. From that web page, select “Find a Walker” (Bertha Garza) or “Find a Team” (Comforting Assistance).

Here are upcoming walks and runs that are raising funds for diverse, yet worthy, causes:

Relay For Life— Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m., Rawhide Stadium, Visalia. The 24-hour event provides an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. For information, enter key words “Relay For Life Visalia” online or call 967-4279.

Walk of Hope— Saturday, Sept. 27, Tulare Outlet Center.  A part of the fifth annual Festival of Hope of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, the level, easy, short walk will take place at Del Lago Park with shuttles operating from the outlet mall. The walk supports National Alliance on Mental Illness-Tulare County. “Walk with me,” urges David Wood, Ph.D., of Three Rivers. Information: dwoodphd@aol.com; www.namitularecounty.org.

Mavericks Pony Express 5K Run— Saturday, Sept. 27, Happy Trails Riding Academy, Tulare. A fundraiser for Happy Trails Riding Academy, which provides therapeutic horsemanship for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Registration: 688-8685.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s— Saturday, Oct. 4, Mooney Grove Park, Visalia. Benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration/information: 936-3054. 

5K Harvest Run— Saturday, Oct. 4, The Lifestyle Center, Visalia. Proceeds benefit Sequoia Regional Cancer Center patients and their families. Registration/information: www.kaweahdelta.org or www.visaliarunners.org.

Run 4 Hope— Saturday, Oct. 11, Cutler Park, Visalia. A 10K run and 2-mile walk/run to benefit Visalia Rescue Mission. Registration/information: 740-4178, hope@vrmhope.org, or www.runsignup.com/runforhope.

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