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Virtual A-T Walk planned this year

Crystal Olive ran from Fort Macleod to Claresholm earlier this year for the A-T Children’s Project.

The A-T Walk or Bike for a Cure will go ahead in a virtual format this year.

The event is a fund-raiser for the A-T Children’s Project, which raises money for research into a cure and treatment for the rate genetic disease.

Ataxia-telangectsaia, or A-T, is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects a variety of body systems.

The first signs of the disease usually appear early in childhood when children begin to walk.

In late preschool and early school age, children with A-T develop difficulty moving their eyes in a natural manner from one place to the next.

They also develop slurred or distorted speech and have difficulty swallowing.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic public health measures limiting the size of outdoor gatherings, people are encouraged to walk, run or bike on their own.

To provide a personal connection, participants who contribute $25 or more are invited to a farm yard drive-through.

From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19 people can visit Hilltop Dairy at No. 94045 Highway 811 north of Fort Macleod.

Organizers will be on hand at the dairy to hand out goodie bags, event T-shirts and to accept donations.

Register to participate or donate at atcp.org/walkforacure.ca.

For information about the A-T Walk for a Cure at Home, contact Conrad or Rhonda Van Hierden at 403-634-2626, 403-634-2625 or atcpanada@gmail.com.

You can also find the event on Facebook at A-T Walk for a Cure Fort Macleod.

Earlier this year Crystal Olive, whose son Alex has A-T, ran 42 kilometres from Fort Macleod to Claresholm in another A-T fund-raiser.

Breaking for A-T raised more than $17,000 in donations to the A-T Children’s Project.

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