WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®

Jack Attack

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On January 3-7, my family and I will be running in Disney World to raise money for my son Jack. Jack was recently diagnosed with AT last March ( right after his 3rd birthday). Both my husband and I are physicians, and had noticed that Jack was having difficulty with walking when he was 2 1/2. We initially were evaluated by physical therapy and were told that "something was wrong." That occurred in September and thus began a 6 month journey to find a diagnosis. We were seen by multiple neurologists and were told that "Jack was hypotonic" ," he would be fine". I so wanted to believe this. I then watched my son fall multiple times on numerous occasions. We  then knew that we had to further investigate. Being physicians, we began to research and look into the diagnosis of AT. This was indeed  our greatest fear. We  were fortunate enough to be  connected with a neurologist who listened to us and agreed to run the necessary tests. We found out his diagnosis shortly after. To say that we were devastated would be an understatement. However , we were able to meet the staff at Hopkins and realize the advances that have been made. There is currently no cure for this disease and much more research needs to be done.  WE are therefore running this race in an attempt to raise money for this cause. Please click on the Donate button now and you can help find a cure for A-T. Thank you for all of the support! 

WHAT IS A-T?.  

Imagine a disease that combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies, and cancer. Children with A-T are usually confined to wheelchairs by age 10 . Because A-T is a multi-system disease, scientists believe that A-T research will help more prevalent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, and cancer.

 
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