#stoptheviolence 4th Annual Desmond's Heart Virtual or In-Person Walk

Race Date: TBD


#stoptheviolence 4th Annual Desmond's Heart Virtual Walk - FIRST TIME

$40 $28 Price increases after September 29, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

#stoptheviolence 4th Annual Desmond's Heart Virtual Walk - Returning Participant

$20 Registration ends November 19, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

Houston - Unity Walk Day

$35 Registration ends November 25, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

ATLANTA - Unity Walk Day

$35 Registration ends November 4, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT


Event Details: New & Returning Participants can complete their virtual walk anytime between September 1 - November 30. New Participants may want to plan to complete their virtual walk after they receive their DH Race Bib.

Or plan to join a Unity Walk face-to-face event near you! 

DH Unity Walk Day - On a designated day in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Atlanta, we will host a DH Unity Walk In memory of… event where we will represent our missing loved ones. You can bring pictures, noise makers, or wear their favorite color in celebration of his or her life. Our goal is to complete a 5K walk or run!!

  • Atlanta - Saturday, November 18th @ Johnson Park (Conyers, GA)
  • Houston - Saturday, December 2nd @ Eleanor Tinsley Park (Nau Family Pavilion) 1615 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77002 registration begins at 7AM and Walk begins at 8AM

If you are not located near the cities listed above, we encourage you to gather your friends and family! We will be happy to help you plan.

Just email pamela@desmondsheart.org for more information.

What is Desmond's Heart all about? On March 18, 2017, Desmond Lynn Graydon was working in his place of business when he was shot in a senseless act of violence. Although the first responders and doctors did everything possible to save his life, Desmond succumbed to his wounds on April 4, 2017, after fighting for his life for two weeks. In the wake of this tragic encounter, loving parents, three children, and countless family & friends are left with an eternal void in their hearts that can never be filled. Desmond made an impact in the 33 years that God granted his presence to the world. Desmond’s vitality and creative mind will be forever missed, but his vibrant spirit still lives within those who are left behind. Yet even as we grieve, we understand that our story is not so different from that of many others.  Our fervent desire is to assist and help those who are struggling with the memory of someone who was part of their life but is now forever gone.  In 2018, Desmond's Heart non-profit organization was established by Desmond's father to help provide 'Help for the Hurting' in honor of his only son. 

Please visit www.desmondsheart.org for more information.

First-time Registration Includes:

  • Race Bib
  • DH Car Magnet
  • Results Posted Online

Returning Participants:

  • Returning Participant Bib
  • Results Posted Online

Unity Day Participants:

  • Returning Participant Bib
  • DH Car Magnet
  • Results Posted Online
  • #stoptheviolence T-Shirt
  • Desmond's Heart Baseball Cap (black)


  • Register.
  • Complete a 5K or 10K run or walk virtually any time between September and November OR join us at one of our Unity Walks in ATL or Houston.
  • Send us your results on our online form (your confirmation email will include instructions).
  • Celebrate your accomplishment by sharing on social media! #IamSELFLESS #stoptheviolence

Can I Walk the 5k?  YES!  Can I Run the 5k?  YES!  Can I Hike the 5k?  YES!  Can I do more than 5K?  YES!


  • Sign up for Desmond's Heart 5K/10K Virtual Challenge.
  • Once your registration is complete, you will receive a unique referral link to share with your friends, family, or post on social media.
  • Get 5 FRIENDS to sign up using your unique referral link, and you will automatically receive a refund of $5.00. Cha-Ching!

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Why support this event? The Virtual 5K/10K event hosted by the Georgia chapter of Desmond's Heart expands our mission to provide Help for the Hurting. We, the family of Desmond Lynn Graydon, were devastated by the senseless act of gun violence taking him away from us prematurely. In the process of grieving for his only son, his father chose to serve others who are burdened by grief with no access to support by establishing a non-profit, Desmond's Heart.

Where does the money go? All funds go towards the cost of professional counseling, services beyond counseling, and ministry-driven educational material. Desmond's Heart has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH). Also, Desmond's Heart will award a $1000 Scholarship to a 2024 high school graduate pursuing college in the field of music, Visual Art, or Creative Design. Please visit www.desmondsheart.org for more information.


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