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Fundraising reached: $8220

Have a wonderful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you for all your help!! LaDona

Congratulations PD Walkers 2009 Team!!!

Your team raised $9,000 to donate to the IA APDA. Thank you to all of our supporters, donors and members for a very successful 2009 fundraising effort. We will be back again in 2010 with more opportunities to be a part of our team!!

Check back after the 1st of the year and have a Happy New Year!!

If you would like more information on the PD Walkers, please contact LaDona Molander at or 515-254-9181.

One group ready to run PD Walkers stop for a picture Five walkers in red
Pulling for the end Rick and Alex Happy Walkers

PD Walkers 2009 Team ROCKS!!

What a great day!! 53 team members...20 5kers, 31 half marathoners and 2 full marathoners!! Congratulations to everyone!! Everyone finished their races, some feeling refreshed, some sore, but I hope all with smiles!!!

Our 2009 team had 2 members sign up for the full marathon. Three team members walked with PD. Hats off to Nate Carter, who walked and completed his first marathon (26.2 miles) in less than 7 hours. Congratulations to Sam Erwin for finishing in 7 ½ hours. It has been 10 years since Sam’s diagnosis of PD at age 42. What an accomplishment! 

LaDona Molander, who formed the team last year, completed the half marathon in 3:11, crossing the finish line with some hometown friends who made the 4-6 hour journey to Des Moines to walk and support her. It has been over 12 years since her diagnosis at age 30.

Congratulations to Rick Miller for joining the team as a fellow PDer...He was diagnosed 3 years ago at the age of 48 and he walked the 5k. He had a very enjoyable time and is glad he did it. He is thinking about training for the half marathon next year! Way to go Rick!!!

We would love to have you join us next year. Please become a friend on our facebook page PD Walkers and watch for updates for our next event. We will definitely be doing something in April 2010 for Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Thank you to all 53 team members

We all crossed the finish line and together as a team brought more awareness to our cause in the fight against Parkinson’s disease! We are also raising much needed funds for IA APDA, check our progress at Thank you PD Walkers!!

Amy Baldwin, Sheryl Bennett, Melanie Brown, Carly Bueltel, Sherri Buising, Nate and Trayla Carter, Sam Erwin, Kris Goracke, Ronda Hemann, Pam Hildman, Morgan Hoover, Abby and Paula Hull, Ashlee Johannes, Marie Johnshoy, Connie Johnson, Patty Keuning, Lisa and Maddie Kirchner, John R., Tami, Johnny, Katie and Michael Knapp, Gail Lommen, Lainey and Penny Luthens, Cheryl McDonnell, Donna McGrean, Kimm Miller, Rick Miller, Jeff, LaDona, Krislyn, Ryan and Reed Molander, Cindy Olson, Barb Ostrander, Tori Panek, Karla Richards, Kris Robson, Cathy Roe, Jessica Ross, Darcie Rossborough, Barb Stokes, Karen Treinen, Lynette and Morgan Wagner, Diane and Mallory Weiser, Melissa Wickerath, and Shirley Winters


Continue to donate and help our 2009 team to reach our goal of $10,000 by donating online at or by mailing a check or money order to PD Walkers, PMB 196, 4949 Westown Pkwy, Suite 165, West Des Moines, IA 50266, before November 22, 2009. Any donations received after this time will be used for our 2010 team! We will be donating to the IA APDA at their December meeting scheduled for December 8, 2009, time TBA.

Pasta Dinner sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals at Mama Lacona’s Ristorante

Our pasta dinner was well attended with 35 team members, family and friends. There are pictures posted on our facebook page PD Walkers. Thank you to Nate Carter and Teva Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring this event. We hope to continue this tradition in the future.

Sponsors, Fundraisers and Premium Donors ($400+)

Jay Alberts with Pedaling for Parkinson’s $1,000
Luthens Law Firm $500
Renee Haugland with Silpada Designs $475
Sarah Petersen with Pampered Chef $450
Nate Carter with Teva Pharmaceuticals (pasta dinner)

Volunteers and Special Thanks
Chris Burch, Director of Des Moines Marathon
Steve Harms (our "money" person)
Carly Bueltel (Team Meeting coordinator)
Physiotherapy Associates, Karla Richards and Penny Luthens (Team Meeting Speakers)
Competitive Edge (t-shirt printing)
Mama Lacona's (Pasta dinner)
Chad Koenen (Starbuck Times and Pope County Tribune newspaper article) 
Urbandale Library and the Healthy Living Center YMCA (team meetings)
Sam Erwin and LaDona Molander (2009 Co-Captains)
Massage Envy, Red Rossa Pizza, Shane’s BBQ, Body Wisdom Massage School, Personal Best Massage, Running Room, Carlos Garcia’s (door prizes)
Extended Stay America (accommodations)

Questions about PD Walkers, please contact LaDona Molander, or 515-254-9181.