PARKLAND, FL- The 2nd Annual Walk for CMT held on November 10, 2019, at Pine Trails Park proved to be more successful than ever. When Chad and Lara Rustici's son Mason, 8, was diagnosed with CMT they wanted to bring about awareness of the disease and support to find a cure. CMT, as Charcot-Marie-Tooth is known, is a rare disorder in which the motor and/or peripheral nerves are affected, resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy along with sensory loss. They organized and held South Florida's first Walk 4 CMT in the fall of 2018. The walk was a success and raised over $20,000 to support treatment and research for CMT. That lead to even bigger goals for the 2nd Annual Walk 4 CMT.
On November 10, 2019, over 300 people participated in the 2nd Annual Walk 4 CMT. The walk featured one lap around Pine Trails Park, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, face painter, inflatables, food trucks, a DJ, and more. "Last year our fundraising goal for the walk was $5,000, and we were able to raise over $20,000. This year our goal was $25,000," said Lara. The walk raised close to $35,000 beating their goal by almost $10,000. The money raised will go toward the STAR program, which provides treatment and research for CMT cures.
"We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the support and generosity of our community," shared Lara. "The Walk's huge success is thanks to our amazing sponsors, donors and volunteers who worked hard to fundraise for this worthy cause."