2017-09-06 / News

Seventh Annual Walk with Tori this Sunday

The seventh annual Walk with Tori will be held at Doubs Woods Park in Hagerstown, Md. on Sunday, September 10. Registration will start at 1 p.m. and everyone will join together for the walk at 2 p.m.

The afternoon is devoted to everyone that has been diagnosed with the rare disease Scleroderma and hope for a cure. In this part of the four-state region, Scleroderma has become a bit more known mostly because of the effort of those who plan and participate in this annual event.

Since 2011, the Walk with Tori event has spread awareness and raised over $180,000 for research in hopes of discovering a cure. Everyone is encouraged to attend and take the lap led by the survivors of Scleroderma.

There are a couple forms of Scleroderma which is considered an autoimmune disease. The systemic sclerosis variety progressively debilitates the patient and many cases causes loss of life. There is no cure.

Money raised at the event goes directly to the Scleroderma Research Center at University of Pittsburgh.

The event is named for Tori Anderson the former lead singer of the band Possum Holler and radio personality at WAYZ FM. She was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 2008 and the condition later ended her career in music and radio. A small group of her family, coworkers and friends along with Anderson and other local Scleroderma patients began the event to raise funds and awareness and give survivors a hope for a cure.

The walk will include fellowship, information about Scleroderma, a group walk around the park, silent auctions, raffles and music. Doubs Woods Park, 1307 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Md.

Donations can be made to: University of Pittsburgh Scleroderma Center and mailed to Walk with Tori, PO Box 327, Hancock, MD 21750.

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