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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mother Daughter Team Walk for Team CMT

Team CMT has it's first mother and daughter team.  Glydnis and Ruth Mack recently participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. They walk together for fitness and plan on walking in two events a month.  Glydnis has taken the time to learn about CMT and has spoken to several people at events that have asked about her singlet.  She even tried to get a UWM reporter to do a story, but he just wanted to talk to Ruth.

Ruth is retired from Briggs and Stratton. She now works at the Senior Center located at the Elks Club in Brown Deer. Ruth is mom to a son and daughter and has two grandchildren. She is an avid jewelry maker and member of New Testament Church of Milwaukee. If you met Ruth you would love her. Just an awesome lady.

Glydnis works for We Energies as a Customer Service Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. She holds a Master's degree in safety and began her career as a safety consultant. She is owner of Butterfly Soap works, producing handmade soap, lotions and gift baskets. Glydnis is also an avid jewelry maker. She is also an active member of New Testament Church of Milwaukee.

Team CMT is lucky and blessed to have these two awesome women on our team. Welcome aboard.  Thanks for helping us to raise awareness of CMT.

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have almost 100 members in 17 states. If you wish to join us visit our web site.

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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