The day of the event, 60 walkers were greeted with perfect weather conditions in Bozeman, Montana. A little over $2,300 was raised locally and several people stopped to learn about Chiari from the walkers.
Last year, the event was held at 53 different locations, involved more than 8,500 participants and raised over $530,000. This year, the walk has grown to 61 sites and several “Walk Anywhere” sites. The “Walk Anywhere” sites are for those who cannot reach a local site. One “Walk Anywhere” site was at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq with over 50 walkers!
Chiari affects over 300,000 people in the U.S. It affects both the young and old, and can cause unbearable headaches, nerve damage, paralysis, and many other symptoms. In rare cases it can be fatal. Chiari is not well known and there are a lot of unanswered questions about it.
Funds go to the Conquer Chiari Research Center at the University of Akron. To date, they have funded over $1.4 million in research. Further information is available at conquerchiari.org. Next year’s walk will be held across the country on September 20, 2014.
After the event, Ian remarked, “I am honored to work with such a great group of people at BLACKHAWK! who not only make great products but treat their employees great. BLACKHAWK! has supported my family the last year and half through the loss of our son and through their support of the Chiari Walk. I am glad that I made the decision three and a half years ago to join the BLACKHAWK! family.”
In 1990, a Navy SEAL was navigating a minefield when his pack failed. As his gear tumbled to the ground, he vowed that if he got out of there alive he would make gear the right way. Today, this obsession with quality applies to everything BLACKHAWK! does. They are constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide gear that won’t let you down. Watch the new BLACKHAWK! commercial.
Employees at our BLACKHAWK! facility in Meridian, Idaho, participated in the “Rake Up Boise” event on November 10. Employees volunteered to clean up yards for senior and disabled residents. The BLACKHAWK! group spent Saturday morning cleaning up a resident’s yard, raking up over 24 bags of leaves and other material from the area. The cooperative effort with the City of Boise’s Neighborhood Housing Services is one of the largest community events in the state of Idaho and it has kept nearly 1,200 tons of biodegradable material out of local landfills over its 26-year history by recycling it for use in other city site locations.