Taking it to the streets: Alaskans ready to Walk and Roll for Hope
For Hope Community Resources, Saturday will mark a milestone on the streets of Anchorage.
The 50th annual Walk and Roll for Hope takes off from Delaney Park Strip at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The fundraiser helps the organization give people with developmental disabilities a chance to make a positive impact.
"To live on their own or live with minimal assistance and be a productive member of society," said Mike Wachsmuth, the group's development officer. "And that's what we aim to provide to all the folks that come to Hope for services."
Diana Jones has lived in a group home in Anchorage for the past eight years, but this will be her first time participating in the Walk and Roll.
"I'm going to keep it going," Jones said.
Erin Dolphin will also get after it. She's aiming for five miles but says that regardless of the distance Hope has made a huge difference in her life.
"I've just met a lot of people and they've become one big family and they've helped me out at my lowest point and I've been brought up to my highest and I'm not going back down," she said.
It's been a blessing for her mother Kaye too.
"They literally threw a lifeline to Erin and to us," Kaye Dolphin said. "And from there it's just grown in what they have done for both Erin and the family in every way, from providing a home to employment support to encouraging her growth and her talents."
There will also be Walk and Roll for Hope events in Kodiak and Kenai.
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