DFW Get Fit!
The MetroTex Association of REALTORS in partnership with the MetroTex Charitable Trust will be hosting the DFW Get Fit 10K-5K-1M Fun Run on May 3, 2014 on the Campion Trail in Irving/Las Colinas. This event is our premier community service project and with your support the MetroTex Charitable Trust can make a difference in the research and treatment in diseases that touch millions of people worldwide.
MetroTex represents more than 13,000 members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Established in 1917, MetroTex is the largest REALTOR member association in North Texas. The MetroTex Charitable Trust enable North Texas real estate professionals to serve the communities in which they work.
Proceeds from our event will assist research & treatment for hereditary diseases.
Help Benefit Research & Treatment For:
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
The Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) has been chosen as the Charity Partner for the MetroTex Charitable Trust Run for Fun. HNF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization leading the way in research, education and awareness for the most common inherited neuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT). The foundation builds hope and enhances quality of life by providing helpful information, engaging in patient advocacy, sponsoring education, and offering a confidential supportive online CMT Community at: www.inspire.com/groups/charcot-marie-tooth-cmt/.
We expect 1000+ participants running to increase awareness of CMT, and thousands of dollars raised to fund research into treatments and a cure! HNF’s Therapeutic Research In Accelerated Discovery (TRIAD), is a collaborative effort between aligned stakeholders in academia, government and industry, working together to create positive outcomes leading to drug discovery and treatments.
The event provides participants the unique and fun experience to run on one of best trails in North Texas at Campions Trail in Irving.
What is CMT?
CMT, named after the three doctors who first identified it, is one of the most common inherited nerve disorders. CMT affects an estimated 1 in 2,500 people in the US and 2.6 million people worldwide. CMT is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of the peripheral nervous system characterized by progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body. There is no cure for CMT.
What causes CMT?
Researchers know that faulty genes cause CMT disease. Although many of these genes have been identified, ongoing research continues to discover additional genes involved in CMT. The disease is usually passed on from parent to child, with a 50 percent chance of the child inheriting the condition. However, recent testing has found that some people have the faulty genes, but their parents do not.
What are the symptoms of CMT?
Symptoms of CMT usually begin in late childhood or early adulthood. CMT is a progressive neuromuscular disease that may rob patients of the normal use of their feet, legs, hands and arms. As the disease progresses, symptoms of pain, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, muscle atrophy, and foot drop develop. There is no cure; treatment to improve quality of life and manage the disease includes AFO’s (leg braces), surgical procedures to correct foot and hand deformities, pain medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy and appropriate excercise.
We would love for you to be part of this great event and support the cause!
You can go online to find out more about Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation and CMT or call toll free 855-HELPCMT (435-7286)