By Karolyn Gephart
Home Helpers Pearland Veterans Day Walk 2019 will take place Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 7:30 to 10 am. The walk is held at the Pearland Natatorium at 4141 Bailey Rd. in Pearland.
Registration is $20 per person. Children under 17 can be registered for free if accompanied by a registered adult. Participants are encouraged to register online.
Event shirts can be purchased during online registration for 20 percent off. Shirts will also be available for sale while supplies last on the day of the walk. Pre-purchased shirts will be available for pick up during check-in on the day of the walk.
On-site registration is from 7:30 to 8:15 am. A short ceremony will honor veterans at 8:30 am. The 4k (2.5 mile) walk begins at 8:45 am. Most walkers will finish by 10 am. For participants desiring a shorter distance there will be a 1 mile option.
The walk begins in the parking lot of the Natatorium near the ball fields, adjacent to Veterans Drive. The route crosses Veterans Drive and proceeds behind the schools to McLean Road. It will proceed north on McLean, turn left on Springfield Avenue, reverse direction at Spring Circle Drive West and follow Springfield Avenue back to Veterans Drive, where it turns right to return to the Natatorium.
The event is hosted by Hike for Mental Health. The proceeds will benefit Texas veterans battling PTSD and other inner challenges at the Camp Hope – PTSD Foundation of America; Pearland VFW Post 7109; Area veterans in short-term need via the Pearland Community Action Program; community education programs of Pearland’s Counseling Connections for Change, and programs to combat the stigma of PTSD and other mental illnesses at HIKE for Mental Health.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a reaction to highly stressful or traumatic events. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged.
Sponsors for the walk so far include VCA Westside Animal Hospital & Clinic, Gulf Coast: a CRN Company, Pearland City Council Member Trent Perez, Ryan Johnson and Purpose Plumbing, Embrace Wellness & Chiropractic, Best Western Pearland, Texas Senator Larry Taylor, State Representative Ed Thompson, Community Impact, SNIP (Spay-Neuter in greater Pearland), Brazoria County Commissioner Stacy Adams, Constable Buck Stevens, Graphic Icons, Camp Gladiator Pearland, Greg Hill for Congress, Nancy Kozanecki, Mercer Insurance Agency, Lyondellbasell, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Prescott Pressure Washing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International.
Home Helpers is this year’s title sponsor.
For more information or to register online, go to http://www.hikeformentalhealth.org.
Last year’s walk set a new record, raising more than $12,000 for programs supporting Texas veterans who are battling PTSD.
For more information, contact Nancy at (832) 389-7723 or email [email protected].