Cherry Grove Baptist Church will hold a Faith Walk from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, in Pacific Park. A donation of $15 per walker is requested to benefit Corrice Dial. The theme is based on 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Dial was born with Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, one of the most common hereditary diseases which comprises a group of disorders that affect peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, which supply the muscles and sensory organs in the limbs. CMT, also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) or peroneal muscular atrophy, affects approximately one 1 in 2,500 people in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
“The neuropathy of CMT affects both motor and sensory nerves. (Motor nerves cause muscles to contract and control voluntary muscle activity such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing.) A typical feature includes weakness of the foot and lower leg muscles, which may result in foot drop and a high-stepped gait with frequent tripping or falls. Foot deformities, such as high arches and hammertoes (a condition in which the middle joint of a toe bends upwards) are also characteristic due to weakness of the small muscles in the feet. In addition, the lower legs may take on an ‘inverted champagne bottle’ appearance due to the loss of muscle bulk. Later in the disease, weakness and muscle atrophy may occur in the hands, resulting in difficulty with carrying out fine motor skills (the coordination of small movements usually in the fingers, hands, wrists, feet, and tongue). ...The severity of symptoms varies greatly among individuals and even among family members with the disease. Progression of symptoms is gradual. Pain can range from mild to severe, and some people may need to rely on foot or leg braces or other orthopedic devices to maintain mobility,” according to NINDS (www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/charcot_marie_tooth/detail_charcot_marie_tooth.htm).
Dial’s CMT causes him to have muscle spasms on a regular basis. He has had numerous surgeries during his life to repair, reshape, reconstruct and ease the pain in his feet.
Proceeds from the walk will go to help with medical expenses.
All are encouraged to stop by and walk as long as they can June 7 to show support for Dial and help with expenses.
For more information, contact Minister Joyce Moore at 903-243-2383 or Quan Johnson at 903-243-0641.
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