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Amelia Islander

Walk to End NF

Aug 22, 2014 06:12AM
This year, thousands of people across America will be walking to beat neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 3,000 people, including those living in the Jacksonville community. The Jacksonville NF Walk is back for its second year. This year features a Hero Dash for kids, giving them the chance to get active and make a difference by raising awareness and research dollars to end NF. Kids can collect donations to support their run using pledge sheets and earn prizes for their fundraising. NF Hero capes and finisher medals will be given to each child participant in the dash. The kids will truly look like heroes as they cross the finish line of the NF Walk.

NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. There is no cure nor are there effective treatments for NF. NF Walk is a national fundraising program of the Children's Tumor Foundation that supports NF research, raises awareness, and provides support for individuals with NF and their families. You can help by encouraging your friends, family, co-workers and community to champion this cause.

This year’s Walk to End NF will be held at the Jacksonville Zoo, 370 Jacksonville Zoo Train, on September 27. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.; Kid’s Hero Dash is at 8:20 a.m.; 5k walk and run is at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 4-14 years old. For more information or to register your team, visit www.nfwalk.org/jacksonville.