Race At Your Own Pace to #ShadeOutDM

Fri November 8, 2019 Temple, TX US 76502 Directions
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://shadeoutdm.com/events.

Place
Lions Park
4320 Lions Park Dr
Temple, TX US 76502
Description

2019 Race At Your Own Pace to #ShadeOutDM

DM - Degenerative Myelopathy (also known as the Canine version of ALS / Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a genetic disease that can affect over 100 breeds of dogs!  It is caused by a degeneration of white matter in the spinal cord (the fibers that transmit movement commands from the brain to the legs) and typically occurs between 8-14 years of age (while some may develop the symptoms even sooner). It presents first with the loss of coordination of one of the hind legs and over time will typically worsen and result in paralysis of both hind legs. Most dogs will become incontinent (both bowels and urine - which can lead to Urinary Tract Infections), and over time, this debilitating disease will progress to paralysis in the front legs, organ failure and respiratory failure. DM is OFTEN misdiagnosed as many vets do not know about DM. It CAN be PREVENTED by genetic testing prior to breeding & making well educated choices!!! The numbers of PUPS that are developing it now are GROWING!!!  NOW is the TIME to SPEAK for the PUPS!!!

Info:

  • WALK or RUN to help get the word out! We MUST speak for the PUPS that are forced to take this horrid DM Journey while it CAN be PREVENTED! 
  • You can participate VIRTUALLY too! Register for the event & choose a WARRIOR TEAM... we would love to have your pics posted of you walking in your city during the same time on our #ShadeOutDM facebook page! 

This will be a PUP Friendly GLOW WALK at SUNSET to dark. 

Registration:

Online Registration is preferred. On-site registration may be available.  If you need assistance registering online email info@shadeoutdm.com

Fees:

  • Register early to save!
  • All participants Oct. 1-Nov.7: $15 
  • All participants Day of Event: $20

Participants that Register ON-LINE prior to: Oct.31st will receive a Bib (Race Number) in the mail. No additional Processing Fees (Processing fee from this program is deducted from the total charge.)  It's OKAY to type ZERO for the Donation part (we tried to remove it but unfortunately it is built into the Program)... & if you don't feel comfortable sharing your personal information then you can skip it, just be sure to put the correct mailing address so we can be sure to send you your RACE BIB in the mail prior to Oct. 31st (if it is after Oct. 31st then there is no guarantee that your RACE bib will make it to you in time for the RACE on Nov. 8th)... Proceeds from this Event will go to help us Raise more Awareness (in addition to constantly having more awareness materials printed & shipped, many Events that we attend often charge us a fee to participate as well) & to our loaner cart program. We do have a Hefty Entry Fee coming due on Nov. 22nd for a HUGE Event we just got word that we have been accepted to so that will be the next inline to be paid...Direct donations may be made thru the SHADEOUTDM.ORG website.

 

 

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Distance Details

The distance will be at each participant's choice! (Hence the "Race At Your Own Pace" theme)

RUNNERS will begin FIRST & they will take part in the "5K" portion, 

WALKERS will begin once the Runners have finished on the same course but of course the WALKERS have a choice if they would like to complete the whole "5k" portion or if they would like to end at the 1.31 mile marker (there will even be a short cut for those lil stumpers that need to have a shorter route). 

We're hoping that this way ALL can participate in whatever condition they are in at the moment...  We also hope to have a "CHEER TEAM" for those that are not able to physically WALK or RUN, they can sit in their lawn chair along the route & CHEER the others on! Let us know if you would like to be a part of the CHEER TEAM.

Tentative Schedule to be posted when this Event gets closer.

About Warrior Team: "Wesson's Walkers"

WESSON & Roxie Hollywood were our ambassadors at our very first WALK hosted by Tarleton University's Department of Communication Studies for their Service Day. Both of them bravely showed all of the students what it looks like first hand to be taking the DM journey (technically the day WAS all about THEM & they both LOVED the special attention). Now that both of them have crossed the bridge, we felt it would be appropriate to honor these two special pups so please join their teams & help us celebrate them!

From Wesson's mama Chrissy:

Wesson was always such a happy boy. No matter what hurdle god threw at him he put a smile on his face and made the best out of every situation. We loved our adventures together. He could swim or chase a ball for hours and never tire. We used to go out to the lake and spend all day hiking and swimming. Our favorite place in the word was topsail island in south Caroline where we would vacation with our entire family. He loved the beach and being with his family. Swimming in the ocean and playing in the surf. He loved me with everything he had. He was a mommas boy and was so loyal. He loved his Granny and Pappy and his aunt Tiffany and her baby’s maren and Dylan and his great aunt Betty beyond words even though he didn’t see them much. He would always sing them the song of his people when he would see them. But he was definitely my boy. He was so strong and funny. He had a bewitching hour as we used to say. 6 pm time to take wesson on an adventure no matter rain or shine he demanded it. He was truly the best dog. One of a kind my one true soulmate. Our bond was truely unique as we could almost read each other’s minds. He loves his little brother and always had his back but our bond was unbreakable. He loved people and loved to be petted as long as he knew I was ok with it. But if he felt I was being threatened he sure let the “threat” know it.

His entire life he struggled to be healthy. He was always battling allergies. He seemed to be allergic to Everything. As a baby he lost all of his hair and we were constantly at the vets trying to get his skin cleared up and figure out what was happening. But he took it like a champ. When he was 8 he tore his acl in his left leg and then the other one when he was 10. And still mr happy. He was diagnosed with DM and put up a great battle for 21 months. Even with this awful disease stealing his ability to do his favorite things chase balls and run and play he still remained so happy. He just enjoyed life. We enjoyed life together. He was still able to swim right up to the last week of his life. Which was his all time favorite thing. Each trip to the vet for hydro therapy, acupuncture, and laser. And the dermatologist because he would get a yeast infection because he couldn’t use his legs. He just rolled with the punches. As you know DM. Takes so much from them and they have to adjust to a new way of life having someone lift them, put them in a wheelchair or a cart to be pushed, wearing a belly band, and going to the bathroom on himself all these things they could do themselves now they depend solely on you to help them. Even in all of this my once strong independent man was still so happy. He always enjoyed our time outside together and his rides in his car. He just loved to be with me so he would do anything to do that even though nothing was natural for him he did it anyway. I would push him in his car and he would cruise along enjoying the sunshine and smells of nature. A smile on his face. He felt free to roam to be free again.

About Warrior Team: "Roxie's Runners"

 

WESSON & Roxie Hollywood were our ambassadors at our very first WALK hosted by Tarleton University's Department of Communication Studies for their Service Day. Both of them bravely showed all of the students what it looks like first hand to be taking the DM journey (technically the day WAS all about THEM & they both LOVED the special attention). Now that both of them have crossed the bridge, we felt it would be appropriate to honor these two special pups so please join their teams & help us celebrate them!

From Roxie's mama Nanette:

Thank you everyone for all your kind words. She lasted much longer than I expected she would from this stupid preventable disease. Not really feeling real communicative at the moment but I read what you all wrote on my other posts and am grateful for your support. I'm grateful knowing it was the right thing to do even though it hurts so bad. Thank you for supporting my decision to free her. She looked so stricken not being able to move anything below her neck.

 

 

An extra big THANK YOU to TEXAS CORGI ROUNDUP for allowing us to hold this RACE along side their 3rd ANNUAL CORGI PARTY!!!

Please sign up separately if you would like to come to TCR on SATURDAY!

https://www.texascorgiroundup.com/event-registration

Last year 625 Corgis Attended! The Texas Corgi Roundup is an all day fundraising event that will take place this year on November 9th, 2019 from 9am – 4pm and it benefits two non profit organizations, Wyoming Dachshund and Corgi Rescue and Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue. This event is to bring corgi friends and lovers together while helping to raise money for two very dedicated rescues that help rehabilitate corgis, especially from all OVER Texas! 

They really know how to PAWRTY!!! They will have a LIVE DJ, Corgi Contests such as Best Costume, the favorite HOT DOG BOBBIN’ and this year they are introducing the best MOMO and the Stumpy Jump contest. They will also be having a CORGI RACE. They also do hourly raffles, silent auction and have great food trucks to cater the event! Attendees come from all over. Last year we had attendees from 11 different states and MEXICO! We welcome everyone and all dogs with open arms. 

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