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Take steps to raise awareness for NF, a genetic tumor disorder

NF Walk: Even small steps make a big difference

Support those living with NF at the Shine a Light NF Walk, which benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation
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Support those living with NF at the Shine a Light NF Walk, which benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation

Neurofibromatosis (NF), “a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body,” affects 1 in every 3,000 people worldwide.

At this time, there is no cure, but there is always hope.

And hope is what the community will cling to when it comes together in the Shine a Light NF Walk on Saturday, May 18, at the Scentsy campus, 2701 E. Pine Ave., Meridian.

Check-in begins at 5 p.m. and the walk starts at 7 p.m.

KISSIN 92.3’s Cory Mikhals and 107.9 LITE FM’s Michelle Hart will MC the fundraiser, which benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The nonprofit is “dedicated to funding NF research to find effective treatments, expanding knowledge of the disorder, and advancing care for the NF community.”

Millions are living with NF, and it’s events like the NF Walk that help to bring treatment options that much closer.

Walk organizer Shannon McNall adds, “When I first began volunteering for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, there was no cure or even a treatment for my son Carson. Now 10 years later they are so close to the first-ever FDA-approved treatment. It’s the tip of the iceberg that motivates our community even more.”

The event is free, but participants must register as an individual or create a team.

You may even join or donate to an existing team, such as Team Kayden Strong, which walks and fundraises in honor of Kayden Herrity.

For additional information and registration, go to shinealightwalk.org/idaho.

Michelle Jenkins compiles event calendars, archives and writes a Helping Works column for the Idaho Statesman. She attended Boise State University and grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho.

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