Disability awareness walk set for Nov. 7

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By Kristin Beck

The third annual Disability Awareness Week walk will take place on Nov. 7. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the first 75 participants will receive a free t-shirt.

Chair Amy Hewitt said that individuals are asked to raise $50 and teams $50 per team member. However, no one will be turned away from the event.

“If you can’t raise the $50, we still want you to come and support our cause,” Hewitt said, a Cartmell Elementary special education teacher.

The walk will depart from the Workhouse gym on Highland Avenue at 11 a.m. and proceed to Point Park where a celebration will be held. Free food, games, music and a silent auction will take place at the park. Awards will also be given to the individual and the team that raises the most money.

Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith will be driving a tractor and pulling in a wagon those seniors or those with disabilities who would like to participate in the walk. Waivers are also available for parents of children under 18 years old who would like to participate.

“Our mission is to raise awareness and support for families and individuals in Kentucky with disabilities,” Hewitt said.

In the past, funds raised from the walk have been used to rent or purchase medical equipment, pay for medical bills and provide an outlet of support to Carroll County residents living with disabilities, Hewitt said.

Disabilities Awareness Week, which is celebrated the first week of November, was first recognized in Carroll County in 2006. On Nov. 3, 2008, the legislation was signed into effect by Gov. Steve Beshear to acknowledge it statewide.

For more information on the walk, contact April Harmon at (502) 525-9529.