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Walk & Roll Run slated for March 29
ARLINGTON The Eagle Wings Disability Ministries hope to see plenty of participants, both on their feet and in their wheelchairs, at the second annual 5- and 10-K Walk and Roll Run, starting in Haller Park, March 29, at 11 a.m.
Kinder Holdaway, executive director of Eagle Wings Disability Ministries in Marysville, thanked the Arlington Runners Club and Curves of Arlington for their assistance in putting together the event, which drew more than 300 participants and raised more than $5,000 last year.
We were even able to donate a Dodge Caravan with a wheelchair lift to a local family in need, said Holdaway, who explained that much of those funds went toward day-camps for adults with disabilities throughout Snohomish County, so that they could gather and bond.
The number-one unmet need of adults with disabilities is caring, ongoing relationships with others, Holdaway said. We want to celebrate and honor adults with disabilities and bring them into communities where their abilities can be recognized.
Other Eagle Wings activities in support of adults with disabilities range from church dinners with plates for hundreds of attendees, to individual volunteers meeting with disabled adults for coffee, movies or even bowling.
It affords them broader opportunities to meet new people, Holdaway said.
Holdaway has been active with Eagle Wings for the past four years, not long after her daughter Kayla passed away at the age of 11 from arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, or multiple joint contractures, limiting the range of motion of her joints, which she was born with.
Through the Seattle Childrens Hospital, Kayla was introduced to Stanley Stamm Summer Camp, which she attended for several summers, and through Kayla, Holdaway gained a different perspective on disabilities.
A key life-changing phrase was demonstrated to us over and over again, Holdaway said. The root word of disability is ability. This has formed us into who we are as a family today.
Registration for the Walk and Roll Run takes place 9:45-10:45 a.m. March 29, and a barbecue lunch will be offered afterward by donation. Holdaway welcomed walkers and runners of all ages and participant levels.
To learn more, you may call 360-658-6093 or log onto www.eaglewingsministries.org.