Kansans with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and the professionals who support them, will walk thousands of miles this month across Kansas as part of a campaign to raise awareness of disability funding issues. The Walk a Mile in My Shoes Run-Walk-Roll Relay will make several stops in communities across Kansas.
The event will kick-off at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Plaza in McPherson. State-wide there are 4,372 Kansas children and adults with developmental disabilities who are currently on waiting lists for services. There are 67 such children in McPherson County. Those who participate in the statewide relay will also carry a special baton which will hold the names of all the Kansas children and adults currently on waiting lists for services.
The ceremony will also include a brief acknowledgement from a representative of the InterHab State advocacy group, Colin McKenney, President/CEO of MCDS and Mayor Tom Brown. The group will walk, jog, run down Main Street in Lindsborg to 13th Avenue / Burma Road and will meet at the Old Mill Park about 11:30 a.m. The group will then continue on to the south edge of Salina.
Volunteers who will run, walk and roll the statewide route will include both the disabled and non-disabled Kansans who are wish to bring attention to the funding crisis that threatens services for Kansans with developmental disabilities.
Other communities that will host legs of the statewide relay include (in order):
• Hays
• Dodge City
• Great Bend
• Hutchinson
• Wichita
• El Dorado
• Iola
• Lawrence
• Lenexa
• Leavenworth
• Atchison
• Topeka
The Relay will conclude in Topeka on Wednesday, April 28, with a celebration on the East steps of the State Capitol. Hundreds of persons with developmental disabilities from across Kansas will participate in the celebration.
The Walk a Mile in My Shoes Run-Walk-Roll Relay is sponsored by InterHab, the state’s oldest and largest association of disability service providers.