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McCollum Park in Downers Grove chosen for first-ever Illinois Walk-Run-N-Roll

Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 1:50 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – McCollum Park in Downers Grove has been chosen as the site of the first-ever Illinois Walk-Run-N-Roll for the Transverse Myelitis Association on Oct. 6.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. on the 1.2-mile paved pathway around the perimeter of the park. A social will follow in the picnic pavilion. The park is located at 6801 S. Main St.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for TMA, an advocacy organization for those affected by Transverse Myelitis and related disorders including Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, Neuromyelitis Optica and Optic Neuritis.

These rare neuro-immune disorders can affect children and adults at any age, occurring when a person experiences an acute inflammatory attack in the spine, brain or optic nerve, often causing disability and paralysis, depending on the extent of the injury.

"We considered many locations throughout the metropolitan area," said Nancy Dove, Illinois Walk-Run-N-Roll chair, said in a statement. "But decided on McCollum Park because of its proximity to major highways, beautiful grounds, paved pathway and other amenities. The paved course will enable those who use wheelchairs to participate along with those who can walk and run."

The Oct. 6 event will include a wheelchair basketball demonstration and a reading by 16-year-old Jennifer Starzek from a book she co-authored entitled "5K, Ballet and a Spinal Cord Injury."

Participation in the Walk-Run-N-Roll is free but registration is required. The community is invited.

To register or to donate, visit: www.crowdrise.com/Illinois-Walk-Run-N-Roll

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