Student to host walk for neurological disorder

Student to host walk for neurological disorder
Posted on 09/20/2019

Morganton, NC – Friday, September 20, 2019


Freedom High School senior Molly McRacken is helping to raise awareness for a special cause by hosting a Conquer Chiari Walk Across America event Sept. 28 at Catawba Meadows Park with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the walk to follow from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Molly was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a neurological disorder, when she was 5 years old after doctors found that the back of her skull was not forming properly, which restricted her cerebellum growth. Molly said, “At age 6, I had reconstructive surgery and it was very scary for my parents to make that choice, but it was the best thing possible for me to do.” The surgery was successful and decreased her headaches significantly and helped to correct the formation of her skull.


Later on, she had a family friend who was going blind and having headaches. This lady, too, was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, which affects about 300,000 people, in the United States. The family friend was able to get treatment and regain her vision. 


McRacken knew that she wanted more people to know about this disease. She reached out to the Chiari Foundation to become a part of “The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America.” The walk is a series of local awareness and fundraising events held on the third and fourth Saturday of September, uniting patients and their families across the country. 


Molly said, “It is very near and dear to my heart because it was something that I have grown up and struggled with.” She hopes that this event will educate others about the neurological disorder and help to confirm diagnosis for those who have similar symptoms.


The walk is a free event, but donations are being accepted to go toward the Chiari Foundation. There also will be a raffle and lunch will be provided. For more information, visit www.conquerchiari.org.
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