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BAPS Charities Host Community Walk in Support of American Diabetes Association and Stafford MSD Education Fund


BAPS Charities Walkathon 2012 Opening

Sonal Buchar encourages the walkers at the BAPS Charities Walkathon.

STAFFORD: History of diabetes runs in Kalpesh Patel’s family so about six months ago he started spreading the word about the BAPS Charities annual walkathon benefiting American Diabetes Association and Stafford MSD Education Fund.  In keeping with its theme, “Building a Better Community, One Step at a Time,” the BAPS Charities 13th annual walkathon was held on Sunday, May 5, 2012 in Sugarland, Texas.  Along with Mr. Patel, over 700 members of the community participated in this year’s walkathon for a singular purpose; participants of all ages joined hands and raised funds to support this year’s local beneficiary.

“Organizing this event was a great honor,” said Nilkanth Patel, president of BAPS Charities. “It’s such a great feeling to be able to serve the community. BAPS Charities Annual Walkathons bring together people of all ages for a noble cause and the energy and excitement in each walker makes this event successful and enjoyable.”

As part of raising awareness of this 5k walk, Kalpesh Patel and volunteers of BAPS Charities brought sponsors like Piping Tech & Products, Forge USA, Clinical Pathology Labs, Wedge Energy Services, SBD, 4th Dimension, Akshar/Shriji Properties, Bay Star Ambulance , Club 24 and many others to contribute to this year’s walkathon.

Eric Strickland of Bay Star Ambulance Service said, “The BAPS Charities walkathon is tremendous and it’s great to see lot of the comradery, and to see the community come together for such a great cause.”

Himesh Gandhi kicks off the BAPS Charities Walkathon.

The annual walk inspired people to not only take the extra step in improving their community, but also advocate a healthier lifestyle. At this year’s BAPS Charities Walkathon, individuals such as Himesh Gandhi, Sonal Bhuchar, Linda Hennes, and John Ferro, as well as many organizations showed their appreciation for the efforts of the participants.

The president of Stafford MSD Education Fund, Linda Hennes commented, “Your passion and dedication and commitment to make an impact in our community are what make it possible to continue to give out our scholarships and we hope to continue to work with you.”

At the end of the walk Kalpesh Patel felt it was amazing to have everyone come together  to support a cause that is close to him and millions of others in the world.  The BAPS Charities, ADA and Stafford MSD contribute to the community by raising awareness through its annual walkathon.

With many centers participating in similar walks across North America, this is just one of many initiatives that BAPS Charities takes to support local communities.  Throughout the year, BAPS Charities hosts medical fairs, education and career development seminars, blood drives and much more. BAPS Charities sincerely serves the community, by improving the quality of life of individuals and families. For information, please visit www.bapscharities.org

About BAPS Charities:

BAPS Charities is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit international charity organization committed to sincerely serving the world by caring for individuals, families, and communities. It is affiliated with BAPS as an independent charity and social services arm. The 55,000 BAPS volunteers networked in over 3,300 centers around the world provide over 12 million volunteer-hours of service annually.

Among social service charities, BAPS Charities is a well-respected and trusted name. It has amassed over 50 years of firsthand experience in initiating, managing, and sustaining 160 humanitarian operations throughout the world in such diverse fields as: medical services, environmental services, community services, tribal services, and disaster relief services.

For additional information on BAPS Charities and its international and local philanthropic activities, please visit www.bapscharities.org

BAPS Charities Walkathon

About the American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes – including type 1and type 2 diabetes; children and adults. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.


About the Stafford MSD Education Foundation:

The Stafford MSD Education Foundation was founded in 2004 to create a partnership of educators, businesses, community members, parents, and civic leaders to assist in meeting the ever-increasing demands of providing a high quality education.  The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization established to secure financial support and other resources for SMSD academic programs.  Foundation funds support needs within the district that fall outside the scope of the normal operating budget.  Students and teachers benefit from grants and scholarships either funded or orchestrated by the Foundation. Stafford MSD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

For further information, please contact:

Viral Desai 832-498-4725 –


Walkers of all ages join the BAPS Charities walkathon.



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