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Phoenix, AZ NEDA Walk

Join us for our 10th annual celebration of hope, strength, & recovery!

Event Details

Walk Venue: Kiwanis Park - The Cloud/North Entrance
Walk Location: 5223 S. Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85283
Walk Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Check In Time: 8am
Opening Ceremony: 9am
Walk End Time: 10am
Walk Fundraising Goal: $50,000
Contact: Katherine Karpinsky at katherine.karpinsky@gmail.com
Pet friendly event!

Register and raise $100 by 3/7 to receive this exclusive NEDA drawstring bag!

Join our event on Facebook and spread the word!

Online registrations closes at 12pm MST on Friday, 4/17. Didn't meet the deadline? You can still register at the walk!


Ryan Sheldon, NEDA Ambassador

A motivational speaker and brawn model, Ryan has been educating audiences about body image and binge eating disorder since his own diagnosis in 2015. Passionate about raising awareness of binge eating and body image issues as an Ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, he has shared his story with the Today Show, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue, among other outlets. An LGBTQ+ man living in a larger body, Ryan also speaks to teens about masculinity, identity, and body confidence. He is currently working on a book about his and other men's experiences learning to eat mindfully and love themselves just as they are. You can find Ryan on Instagram @realryansheldon or at his blog MrConfessions.com.


Erica Cardenas, Emcee

Erica Cardenas is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and is the current host for “Your Health” and “Doing More” TV shows on the Cox YurView network. In addition to her hosting role, Erica has appeared in numerous national TV commercials and campaigns as a represented talent and actress, and is also the founder of ‘inspireHER’ (@inspirehernow) - an inspirational t-shirt line and movement that has reached thousands of girls and women reminding them of their value and worth. Erica continues to partner with nonprofits and community organizations through inspireHER and regularly speaks to girls and young women sharing her personal story and message of perseverance and hope. An alumna of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Erica has more than 15 years of experience in the communications field and owns and owns a marketing and public relations consulting business, Cardenas Marketing. Erica adores spending quality time with her husband of 12 years, JR, and their three children – Nick, Ali and Noah. She believes that each of us has a story to tell, and it’s sometimes our greatest trials in life that become our greatest calling in helping others. 


Thank you to our sponsors

This sponsor section is to acknowledge the financial support of our sponsors. Neither this section nor any other listings or signage seen at the walk is intended in any way as an endorsement of the companies listed, their products or services.

Goal: $50,000
Amount Raised: $23,745

Participant Center 


  2. R.I.P. ED, Recovery Is Possible - $1,395
  3. Transcend for Anna - $1,150
  4. Project Hope - $750
  5. abbastanza enough - $500
  6. Team Self Love - $360
  7. Live Abundantly - $330
  8. Hope On The Move - $250
  9. Rosewood's Operation RecoverED - $250
  10. STEPS Recovery - $175


  1. Katherine Karpinsky - $5,100
  2. Anna Christensen - $1,150
  3. Amanda Going - $900
  4. ROBERT HAEK - $600
  5. Rachelle Wan - $500
  6. Taylor Wilsey - $350
  7. Natalie Uy - $330
  8. Michele Connor - $275
  9. Mike Karpinsky - $250
  10. Amy Hall Leiferman - $250