Santa Cruz County Marathon Ruck
I will be participating in the Tourette Association’s Virtual Awareness Walk to benefit the Tourette Association of America!
For those of you who do not know, my son was diagnised with Tourette Syndrome when he was 6 years old. The Tourette Association was, and has continued to be, a great support for my family as we have navigated this challenging process. This is one way we can not only give back for their support, but also to raise awareness for Tourette Syndrome in general
Myself and a group of supporters will be completing a marathon length ruck (walking with a weighted backpack) on June 29th in Santa Cruz County.
Tourette is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals. Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life.
While some treatments are available for people with Tourette and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent and medications are often ineffective.
I am excited to support the Association's mission of making life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. With every step I take, I know I will be helping to fund research, foster awareness and provide support programs. But I cannot do it alone. I need your help! Please sponsor me by making a donation on my fundraising page to support this amazing cause!
You can make a difference! Thank you for your support!