Team Tatro’s shoes made for walking
BRECKENRIDGE – Last year when Cheryl Tatro set out to form a team to join her in the local Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk, she hoped for 20 responses and had a fundraising goal of $1,000. Instead, on that snowy May morning, 104 Team Tatro members showed up, raising more than $12,000 for MS.She has been walking for MS for 10 years, but created the team in 2004 as a tribute to her husband, Bill, who died in September 2003 from complications related to MS. Joining her in the team’s development were her sons, Chris, Ty and Bill; Bill’s wife, Valaurie; and their children, Jacque, 3, and Sophie, 6 months.”It’s an anticipatory grieving when you’re dealing with this disease,” Tatro said. “(The walk) has definitely helped me and my boys.”
Last year, Team Tatro included a 74-year-old, a 6-month-old and many ages in between. “We had over 500 people at Bill’s memorial service. That’s why I thought there would be an interest among people,” Tatro said. “But there are a lot of causes out there, and I know it’s hard to choose.”Tatro said she also felt this was an important cause for locals, because many in Summit County are currently battling the disease. Colorado has one of the highest rates of MS diagnosis in the country.MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness in the limbs to paralysis or loss of vision. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 50, and the unpredictable effects can last a lifetime.
Saturday’s MS Walk is one of many walks held around Colorado in May to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which funds services and programs for people with MS and research for a cure.The walk is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dillon Marina. Walkers and runners head down the rec path around the reservoir to Summit Cove and then back to the marina. Although the total distance is 8 kilometers, participants can walk as little or as much as they choose. Pets are welcome at the event. No registration fees or donations are required to participate, but contributions will be accepted.
The MS Walk will be preceded by breakfast and followed by lunch provided by local restaurants. All walkers will be given a free raffle ticket for prizes at the beginning of the walk.Those interested in more information on Saturday’s walk or joining Team Tatro can call Tatro at (970) 453-2339, ext. 12. For more information on the National MS Society, visit http://www.fightmscolorado.org.Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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