Walk for Hope FAQs

The Basics

What is Walk for Hope: Virtual Edition?

It is a virtual challenge in which teams pick a mileage goal that is meaningful to them, and work together to achieve that goal during the week of April 19–25. Teams can reach their mileage goal through any activity (walking, running, biking, swimming, etc.). The event benefits the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

How Does it Work?

  • Register: Start your team or join a team by visiting the Walk for Hope registration page.
  • Get set: Once you’ve signed up, you can create your meaningful mileage goal and personalize your fundraising page. Participants with custom pages raise twice as much as those with the standard text! Here are some examples of meaningful mileage goals:
    • 585 miles for the 5,850 infusions completed each year at the IBD Center
    • 240 miles for 24 days inpatient at CHOP
    • 180 miles for the 1,800 patients seen at the IBD Center
    • 41 miles for the 41 active IBD research projects at CHOP
    • 23 miles for 23 infusions since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease
  • Start moving: On April 19, the team activity challenge begins! Track your miles any way you’d like throughout the week. Whether you walk, run, bike, hike, swim, row or get creative — each mile brings your team one step closer to their goal.
  • Raise funds: Dollars raised through Walk for Hope Virtual Edition fund breakthroughs in IBD research and care for children at CHOP. Fundraising is open until Friday, June 4, 2021.
  • Celebrate: Join us on Sunday, April 25, to celebrate you, your team and the IBD patients we fight for every day!  Post-event, we ask all teams to complete 1.8 miles in their neighborhood to honor the 1,800 patients seen each year at the CHOP Center for Pediatric IBD.

We encourage you to share your progress from mobile apps such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Strava, MapMyRun and Nike+ Run Club and use the hashtag #CHOPWalkForHope.

Will there be a virtual program?

Yes! We are excited to celebrate you and your team’s hard work during a virtual program on Sunday, April 25 at 11 a.m. Details will be posted on the homepage and emailed to participants.

What will be included in the virtual program?

The virtual program will feel similar to the program during the in-person Walk for Hope. We’ll highlight our teams and patient ambassadors, hear from the Center for IBD, recognize our sponsors and celebrate our accomplishments together!

Registration

What is the cost of registration?

  • Adult: $20
  • Kids (age 12 and under): $10
  • IBD patients: Free

When does online registration end?

Event registration ends at 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

I do not remember my password and I am unable to reset it. What should I do?

Contact walkforhope@chop.edu and provide your name as well as indicate your problem. We will manually reset and provide you with a new password within 48 hours or less.

What does my registration include?

Each individual who registers will be shipped a Walk for Hope T-shirt to their mailing address used during registration OR there will be an in-person pick-up day in April. Details to come!

When will I receive my Walk for Hope T-shirt?

If you register before April 9, you are guaranteed to receive your T-shirt before the event begins on Monday, April 19. If you register after April 9, your shirt could have a delayed arrival. We will be shipping out shirts through the close of registration on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Is there a limit to how many people can be on my team?

The more the merrier! The more teammates you recruit, the more miles you can track and dollars you can raise to find a cure for pediatric IBD.

Mile Tracking

How can my team earn activity miles?

How your team chooses to get active is up to each individual. You can walk, run, bike, swim or jump rope — get creative to what works best for you. Some examples are walking your dog, having a dance party, riding your Peloton or tracking your steps throughout the entire day.

How does my team track miles?

Log in to your fundraising page, select “mile tracker” from the top menu, enter your miles and select “save”.

Can I track my miles for days that have already passed?

Yes! Simply click the tracker button on your fundraising page and fill in the miles you missed. After entering this info, click the black SAVE button at the bottom to save it.

Can I automatically sync my miles from my Fitbit or smart watch?

Unfortunately, we do not have the capability to sync the miles tracker with smart devices. However, our mileage tracker is user-friendly and easy to update.

Fundraising

Where do the funds go from Walk for Hope Virtual Edition?

Dollars raised fund breakthroughs in IBD research and care for children at CHOP — and around the globe! There are currently 41 active IBD research studies at the CHOP Center for IBD. Your dollars fund these projects, getting us one step closer to a cure!

Do I need to fundraise on top of my registration fee?

Fundraising is not required, but every dollar will help us fund breakthrough research and innovative care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

What are the responsibilities of the team captain?

Team captains customize the team page, recruit team members, motivate them to fundraise and share event details with the team. Some team captains go above and beyond and create team T-shirts or organize a team fundraising event!

How do you recommend we build community among our team virtually?

We encourage you to organize small, social distant activities together, host team FaceTime or Zoom gatherings, or host a closing ceremony watch party together safely. Want to brainstorm further? Contact us at walkforhope@chop.edu.

Can I create a Facebook fundraiser that will show up on my team page?

Yes! We encourage all participants to start Facebook fundraising through your Participant page. Log in to your fundraising page and select “Dashboard” at the top. Then select “Create a Facebook Fundraiser” from the right-hand menu. The prompts will guide you to link your Facebook, and then you are live! Data shows that participants with a Facebook fundraiser raise 3x more!

What should we do with cash donations made to our team?

All cash donations should be converted to check or money order. You can fill out our offline donation form, which includes instructions on who the check should be made out to and where it should be sent.

I donated to a participant/team but it is not showing up on their page, or I donated to the event and meant to donate to a participant/team.

Sometimes donations are mistakenly made. Email walkforhope@chop.edu and provide the donor’s name and the correct page that the donation should be credited to, and the donation will be moved within 48 hours.

Are there opportunities to get my company involved?

Yes! If you work for a company that might be interested in being a sponsor, please visit our sponsorship opportunities page or email us at walkforhope@chop.edu for more information. Custom opportunities and packages are available. We also welcome any company that would like to form a corporate team and participate.

How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. It’s a great way to double your donation! Find out if your company has a matching gift policy by searching our matching gifts directory.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please contact us at walkforhope@chop.edu with any questions.