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THE STORY:

BENEFITING: The Transverse Myelitis Association

The goal of the Michigan Walk-Run-N-Roll Campaign is to increase awareness and raise funds for research and programs for individuals suffering from Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Optic Neuritis (ON), Transverse Myelitis (TM) and Recurrent Transverse Myelitis, and their caregivers.

On October 5, 2013, beginning at 8:00 a.m., the TMA Walk-Run-N-Roll Awareness Campaign in Michigan will be held on the campus of Harderwyk Ministries located at 1627 West Lakewood Boulevard, Holland, Michigan 49424. The venue is a quick 2.2 miles from the soft sands of Holland State Park and 5.5. miles from the quaint shops and restaurants of downtown Holland. The Michigan Walk-Run-N-Roll event is near the shores of Lake Michigan and only 2.5 hours north of Chicago! We look forward to your support; come join us and let’s raise awareness and funds to advance clinical care and research for rare neuro-immune diseases.

Registration opens at 8 AM and the walk will begin at 9:45 AM.

Sign up before September 1st to get the First Annual TMA Michigan Walk-Run-N-Roll T-Shirt!

My Journey

In May of 2011 I had what I thought was a flu bug of some sort.  Over the next few weeks my body started experiencing some very strange and difficult symptoms.  Extreme fatigue , heaviness in my arms and legs, and eventually numbness.  My symptoms seemed to get worse with each passing day.  It was a very crazy time, going through tests, bloodwork and more tests.  The tests were not conclusive and having no answers was very hard on me and my family. 

On July 25, 2011 at the University of Michigan, I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitism a rare neuro auto immune disease that affectes 3 to 8 people in a million.  There are no definate answers as to why this happened.  My immune system went hay wire and caused inflamation that attacked the myelinin sheath that protects the nerves in the cervical area of my spine.  The damage caused has caused many residual symptoms the continue to affect me today.

I've had to make a lot of adjustments over the past two years.  Many of these have been life changing and difficult.  I've walked through days of fear, depression, and questions.  My family, friends, church, co-workers and even strangers have loved and cared for me so well.  The prayers of so many people have been so appreciated.  I'm so thankful for all the support I've received!

I'm learning to listen to my body, and respond to what it needs each day.  My heart breaks for my TM friends who struggle so much more than I do.  It's especially difficult to see the precious little children who suffer with this disease. 

In all of this journey, I remain HOPE FILLED and believe that there will be healing, restoration, and a cure for all who suffer with neurological diseases.

The Michigan Walk/Run/Roll will raise funds badly needed for research.  We also hope to educate and raise awareness.  This will be a fun day for all as we walk, run or roll together in support and HOPE!

Local Contacts – Vickie Boersema (boersema@charter.net), Karen Gorter (kgorter@hollandchristian.org), and Rebecca Whitney (rebawhitney@gmail.com).

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To This Fundraiser

$3,408

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jim & Betty DeVisser

    $25

  • Trent and Lyn Walker

    $50

  • Carl & Bonnie

    $75

  • Steve Boersema

    $50

  • Denise Brouwer

    $25

  • "Offline Donations" - Anonymous

    $500

  • Garry & Sheila

    $50

  • Bob and Rose

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Trendway Corporation

    $500

  • SBC Construction

    $500

  • Metal Flow Corporation

    $500

  • Nathan, Marcia, Haven and Baylor Boersema

    $100

  • Jackie Boersema

    $100

  • Clare & Marcia Weber

    $50

  • Bev & Mark Bauwmann

    $100

  • Dan & Chris Taylor

    $50

  • Gary & Pam Boersema

    $100

  • Roger & Dawn Rotman

    $50

  • Chitra Krishnan

    $25

  • Theresa Tubergen

    $50

  • Laurie Teusink

    $50

  • Madison VanDenBerge

    $23

  • Margie Enloe

    $20

  • Jerry Brouwer

    $25

  • Edwin DeVries

    $100

  • Henrietta Driesenga

    $50

  • Marian Hassevoort

    $25

  • Nancy Nienhuis

    $25

  • Ron & Wanda Hassevoort

    $50

  • Mary Rouwhorst in honor of Barb Tidd

    $20

  • Beatrice Wallish in honor of BarbTidd

    $20

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68% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,408 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Vickie Boersema

Amount Raised

$3,183

 

64% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Jackie Boersema

Amount Raised

$100

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Steve Boersema

Amount Raised

$50

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Dawn Rotman

Amount Raised

$50

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Denise Brouwer

Amount Raised

$25

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Bryon Nelson

Amount Raised

$0

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Heidi VanDenBerge

Amount Raised

$0

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Barb Jones

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Mary Rouwhorst in honor of Barb Tidd

Mary Rouwhorst in honor of Barb Tidd

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Beatrice Wallish in honor of BarbTidd

Beatrice Wallish in honor of BarbTidd

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Nancy Nienhuis

Nancy Nienhuis

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Ron & Wanda Hassevoort

Ron & Wanda Hassevoort

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Margie Enloe

Margie Enloe

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Jerry Brouwer

Jerry Brouwer

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Edwin DeVries

Edwin DeVries

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Henrietta Driesenga

Henrietta Driesenga

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Marian Hassevoort

Marian Hassevoort

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Chitra Krishnan

Chitra Krishnan

DONATION: $25

3 years ago