Thursday, August 26, 2010

October 16th is the date! You can register now!

Get ready, get set for the Run4Rett!  
Mark October 16th on your calendar.

The summer is flying by and it will be October before we know it.  I'm going to try to get ourselves registered for the Run4Rett before school starts and the craziness returns to our daily routine.  

If you'd like to volunteer this year, you can choose your duty on the Running Room site.  Tim and Cindy are coordinating the Silent Auction and would love to feel the Team Abby love if you are not planning to walk or run.  Course marshals are also always needed.

You are welcome to walk or run or run/walk or crawl either 1K or 5K or both.  There is no pressure to keep up with Ben.  Most of us keep a leisurely pace.  It's always a fun day and your participation provides support to all the families living with Rett Syndrome.  

Inquiring minds want to know... are we getting T-shirts this year?  The answer is "Yes," but the details are top secret (i.e. not worked out yet).  If you know of a business which would like to sponsor Team Abby, we are looking for a $500 contribution for the T-shirts in exchange for the company name/logo on the shirts. 

Welcome to our new Team Abby blog!

Welcome to all you wonderful supporters of Abby, her family, and the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association. We decided to use this blog to post relevant updates about the Run4Rett, about Abby, and about what's new in the world of Rett Syndrome.  

Whether you are a dedicated yearly participant or sponsor of the Run4Rett or you are just starting to wonder what this is all about, we are pleased that you've shown an interest!  The annual Run4Rett in Ontario is the major fundraiser for the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association and your support and interest has and will help Abby and several other girls, women, and families who live with Rett Syndrome.  Thank you!

Team Abby has been involved with the Run4Rett since 2005, when Abby's Aunt Judy dreamed up the idea.  Since then, the team of extended family and friends has grown each year.  Last year, we were seen sporting our spirit wear of bright orange shirts.  Be sure to check out the photos and see how much fun we had!

Since last year's run, the money raised has gone to help many girls, including Abby.  The Ontario Rett Syndrome Association joined the Neurological Health Charities Canada to help increase our advocacy potential and increase awareness with the government and the general public.  The latest Rett Syndrome Clinic was opened at the Thames Valley Children's Centre in London and Abby had her first appointment there in June of this year.  In addition, a $35,000 research grant has been awarded (recipient to be announced any day now).  And we are looking forward to attending the biannual conference this September in Kingston.  It is a valuable chance to learn the latest about research, support services, and medical management.

So, bookmark this page and stay tuned for all the updates.

As always, thanks for your support!