Birthday Wishes holding virtual CakeWalk

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

We may be staying home, but we all need some fresh air and a little exercise. This month, getting out for a walk with your family can benefit kids in need, too. The ninth annual CakeWalk, the signature fundraiser for Natick-based nonprofit Birthday Wishes, is happening right in your neighborhood.

The yearly 5K and family festival, which raises money to throw birthday parties for children experiencing homelessness, has moved to a “virtual walk.” It’s the organization’s largest and most crucial fundraiser of the year, helping provide birthday celebrations for thousands of children at nearly 200 shelters.

“With so many of us sheltering-in-place, we know people are looking for activities to direct their time and energy in meaningful ways. CakeWalk is the perfect opportunity,” said Denell Nuese, executive director.

Every time you go out for a walk, you can log your miles in the virtual CakeWalk. The goal is to collectively walk 6,000 miles by Sunday, June 7, which represents one mile for every homeless child Birthday Wishes will serve in 2020.

Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for students. Participants are encouraged to make teams and connect while walking, setting aside a time to call or FaceTime each other while walking through their own neighborhoods. Another idea is for kids to form their own team with friends, and meet virtually for walks while helping other kids.

Ready to lace up your sneakers? Visit to register.