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Posted: October 8, 2013 8:30 p.m.

15-year-old spearheads fund walk

Event to focus on Guillain-Barre'

Fifteen-year-old Kimby Wragg is on a mission to raise awareness about Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a rare nervous system disorder with a still unknown cause.

Wragg, whose step-cousin was stricken with the disease last year, and her mother, Tammy Hammonds, are helping to organize a fundraising walk for GBS research from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Covington square.

The Atlanta Area Walk & Roll for GBS/CIDP (Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, which is a chronic form of GBS) is being hosted through GBS/CIDP Foundation International, which started out as a support group for the disorder and now has more than 30,000 members worldwide.

Hammonds said the walk will be the first one in Georgia. She said her daughter has been working to raise awareness of the disorder and money to search for a cure for a while, including hosting fundraisers at the local Zaxby’s, holding bake sales at school and now participating in a walk. She’s also been reading to younger students and donating books to raise awareness about the disorder.

"I am committed to support GBS/CIDP (research) because my 4-year-old step-cousin had GBS. It is rare for a child that young to have GBS. She is doing much better now, but I want to be able to help raise money to help others who have GBS and hopefully find a cure," Wragg said on her fundraising page.

There were 19 people signed up as of Monday to participate in the walk, but Hammonds said she’s hoping 50-60 people will participate. For more information, to sign up to walk or to donate to the cause, visit www.walkandroll.kintera.org/atlanta. People can also register the day Aof the event.

The goal is to raise $10,000. As of Monday, $1,915 had been raised. .

"We’re planning to do the event again next year; she’s not stopping," Hammonds said.

Hammonds said Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston will read a proclamation at the event and there will be a ribbon cutting.
The walk starts at 10 a.m., with same-day registration beginning at 9 a.m.

 

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