Rett Syndrome Foundation's Sixth Annual Strollathon
The International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) will host its sixth annual St. Louis Strollathon, a one-mile family-friendly stroll, that includes a visit from Fredbird, entertainment and food. All proceeds will benefit Rett Syndrome research.
Each year's event has had 500+ participants, and more than $300,000 total has been raised for the past five walks. Last year a record 25 Strollathons took place throughout the country and raised $1 million for the foundation, making the fundraising effort's grand total of nearly $8 million nationwide for research over 10 years.
Original Harlem Globetrotter Charles "Choo" Smith, Jr. will serve as National Honorary Chair for the event. Choo's goddaughter Kaylee was recently diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Her dad, Alonzo, is a long-time friend and business partner.
Rett Syndrome (RTT), a genetic neurological disorder that occurs mainly in girls, affects more than 200,000 females worldwide. RTT strikes in early childhood and results in a regression leading to lifelong impairments including speech loss, hand use and mobility. RTT is often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy and has no cure.
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