2022 Champaign Walk to Defeat ALS Details

2022 Walk Theme: Sunflower Field of Dreams | Chapter Colors: Red & Yellow | Chapter Symbol: Sunflower

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Two Ways to Walk, One Cause: End ALS

Welcome 2022 Walkers! We are so excited to have you visiting this page to learn more about our Walk to Defeat ALS - whether you are registering, making a donation, looking to volunteer, or just simply wanting to see what we are all about: welcome!

After creating an award-winning Mini-Walk program that we have implemented the past two years (2020 and 2021), we are thrilled to announce that in 2022 teams get to choose how they want to Walk to Defeat ALS: Everyone is invited to the Walk to Defeat ALS at Dodds Park in Champaign on Saturday, September 17th.

You team is also welcome to host their own Mini-Walk to Defeat ALS at the location and date of your choosing. Mini-Walk team captains will receive a supply box to help make their Mini-Walk a success. So, regardless of how you want to participate, we have options for you and can't wait to work alongside you in the fight against ALS this fall!


Sam, Kendra, and the entire Greater Chicago Staff Team

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Your Walk Staff

Our staff is here to help you every step of the way! Not sure what a Mini-Walk is? Want to know the best ways to fundraise? Curious about t-shirts? These gals can cover all that and more! Please do not hesitate to reach out...ever...we mean it!

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Kendra Albers
Vice President of Development
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
217-898-9677 (cell)

Kendra Albers has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector fundraising for incredible organizations such as Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Kendra joined The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter in 2015 as the Walk to Defeat ALS Program Manager before transitioning to the Director of Development in 2019.

Interested in becoming one of our amazing Mini-Walk sponsors? Connect with Kendra today!

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Samantha Courter
Fundraising & Marketing Manager
The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter
312-932-0000 (office)

After three years of participating and volunteering with the Walk to Defeat ALS, Samantha joined the staff of the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter as Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator in early 2019. With a background in theatre, digital production, and communications, Samantha is honored and energized to be working daily on a cause so close to her heart.


Sunflower Field of Dreams Full Color Logo


After three years of being superheroes, we are thrilled to announce that the theme for our 2022 Walk to Defeat ALS is: Sunflower Field of Dreams.

As many of you know, the sunflower is the official symbol of The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. We incorporate the sunflower in many aspects of our chapter from the Sunflower Station at events to Season’s Sunflower Hour (our bi-monthly live show on Twitch) to our recurring gifts program, Operation Sunflower, and more! The “Field of Dreams” is a nod to baseball and the original Iron Horse himself, Lou Gehrig.

Thank you to our Ambassadors for their input and guidance when choosing our theme! The possibilities to incorporate this unique and fitting theme in your team names, tent decorations, team shirts, and more is endless. We hope you love it as much as us and we look forward to fighting back against ALS with you in a Sunflower Field of Dreams!

Save the Dates

📣 Virtual Mini-Walk Kick-Off | Monday, July 25, 6:00-7:00 pm via Zoom
Get the details you need to started on your fundraising and team goals. Learn how the Walk to Defeat ALS creates a lasting impact in our community You don't want to miss this! Watch here.

Walk to Defeat ALS Tools

We want you to be successful AND have fun! Therefore, we are working hard on creating content that is practical, helpful, and enjoyable.

Walker Handbook | Your go-to guide for everything Walk related -- ideas, helpful tips, and chapter contact information.
Deposit Slips | for use turning in offline donations
Pledge Sheet | Print this worksheet out and keep track of your donations
Team Captain Kit | everything you need to know about Walk Season can be found in this guide!
Event Poster | Share this poster at your place of work and in windows around your community
Team Poster - Full Color or Team Poster - Simple Color | Use this document to customize to your team and share via email, social media, postal service, etc.!
More Tools to Explore | Browse additional fundraising ideas, information on matching gifts, and more

Coming soon:
Social Media Tools | Whether you are on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, we have you covered
1-Week Walk Checklist | as Mini-Walk day approaches, we'll provide reminders and tips to help prepare for your Mini-Walk
Team Captain Supply Boxes | a box will be mailed to Mini-Walk team captains

Event T-Shirts

Unlock ALS T-Shirts

Only participants who've raised $90 will get a t-shirt. This benefit is awarded to individuals, not teams or donors, so make sure the donations to your personal fundraising record add up!

In addition to working toward one for yourself, you should spread the word to encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to earn their very own shirt.

 2022 raglan

New for 2022!

Individuals that raise $300 will earn a Greater Chicago Chapter Sunflower Field of Dreams raglan/baseball tee!


  • Those attending the Dodds Park Walk can pick up their shirts upon arrival at the event.
  • Mini-Walk team members shirts will be mailed to Team Captains before Walk day.
  • For Mini-Walk teams, it is the Team Captain's responsibility to disseminate the t-shirts to the team.
  • T-shirts CAN be earned after September 10th.
  • Team t-shirts are encouraged but are not designed by The ALS Association.
  • Should you have any questions, concerns, or need special accommodations, please reach out to Kendra!

Log into Participant Center to check your progress!


Our sponsors make the Walk to Defeat ALS possible and we are so grateful for their support. Is your company interested in becoming a partner in our Walk to Defeat ALS? Learn more in our Sponsorship Packet and contact Kendra Albers, Vice President of Development at the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter for more information on getting involved!


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Get Social

Join the Facebook group made especially for members of the Northern IL Walk to Defeat ALS here, and follow the Chapter's page here. Whether you are on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, we have you covered with Social Media Graphics & Tips just for you!

Fundraising tools at your fingertips

Did you know that you can raise money for this year’s Walk through Facebook? Connect your fundraising page with Facebook's Fundraising platform to easily ask for support from your network! 

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We've Gone Mobile!

Your fundraising has gone mobile thanks to the Walk to Defeat ALS mobile & tablet app. Now you can fundraise on the go by sending emails, monitoring your fundraising progress and updating your page. 


Thank You to Our National Sponsors

Our Local Presenting Sponsor

Our Local Sponsors