• Event Name: Valley of the Sun Walk for Talk

  • Date: 04/13/2019

  • Cost: FREE

  • Location: Gateway Trailhead, Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, 18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 8
  • City: Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Contact:

    Vicki Orazem
  • 406-581-3567

  • Alternative Contact:

    Esther Zack
  • 480-371-5224

  • Join us to walk in support of the NSDA!

    Join us for the first ever "Walk for Talk" sponsored by the Valley of the Sun Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group to benefit the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association.

    The event is being held in conjunction with World Voice Day which takes place each year on April 16. The $10 registration fee includes walk, t-shirt and refreshments. All ages are welcome and the park is dog-friendly. You must pre-register to guarantee a t-shirt.

    Date: Saturday April 13, 2019
    Location: Gateway Trailhead
    Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve
    18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    T-shirt pick-up, check-in and on-site registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11:45 a.m.

    The Gateway Trailhead, located on the east side of Thompson Peak Rd. between Legacy Blvd. and Bell Rd., is fully barrier-free and has all the amenities an outdoor recreation enthusiast could want. It is the access point to many unique Scottsdale trails. Even kids in strollers love the games and activities along the Bajada Nature Trail. It offers an innovative, interactive nature experience for those who want to learn more about Arizona’s unique Sonoran Desert. Kids of all ages are able to explore the Gateway Loop trail and older kids love the challenge offered by interior trails.

    Bajada Nature Trail (0.5 mi. / 0 ft. elevation gain)
    Horseshoe Loop (1.7 mi. / 100 ft. elevation gain)
    Gateway Loop (4.5 mi. / 650 ft. elevation gain)

    Directory, Restroom, Seating, Shelter, Water, Biking, Family and Dog-Friendly

    Water, hiking shoes, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Umbrellas can be great to block the sun. Click here for more information to plan your visit.

    Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is a neurological disorder that impacts the voice. Normally, when a person speaks, the vocal folds vibrate in a synchronous manner. When a person has SD, the vocal folds will go into a spasm resulting in a very strained, broken, or whisper voice making it difficult for communication.

    For 30 years, the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA) has been dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions through research, education, awareness and support. The NSDA is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) Organization with Federal Tax identification number EIN # 38-2918042. Learn more at

    To Register online, go to
    To Donate online, go to


    Valley of the Sun
    Support Group
    Vicki Orazem

    Valley of the Sun
    Support Group
    Esther Zack

    Mayo Clinic
    Arizona Contact
    Wenli Chen, MS, CCC-SLP

    Look forward to seeing you there!