I would like to invite you to help me make a difference in the lives of children with A-T by joining my team at the Walt Disney World Marathon. You can support us in the biggest race of all - the race to cure A-T - by making a tax deductible donation, OR by joining us on Team Hunter Kemper at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
Late in 2007 Val and I had the privilege of meeting the Veldink family. The Veldinks' lives have been changed by A-T because two of their daughters, Kate (now age 14) and Olivia (now age 10) both have ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T). A-T is a fatal genetic disease characterized by progressive weakening of the immune system, nervous system, and other bodily systems. Affected children typically develop difficulty walking, problems with balance, abnormal eye movements, slurred speech as well as chronic lung infections and increased risk of developing cancer, particularly leukemia and lymphoma. They are usually wheelchair bound by the age of ten. Though some diagnosed with A-T live into adulthood, their life expectancy is reduced tremendously.
We were so touched by hearing their story that I run the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Half Marathon in January with the Veldinks, their friends and family, and dozens of other A-T families who come every year to raise funds to find a cure for A-T. I always have so much fun and feel so proud and privileged to race for this special cause. Our lives will never be the same after meeting these amazing families who struggle with this rare disease every day.
Help us find life-improving therapies and a cure for A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia).