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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Team CMT member Robert Kearney took 2nd place in his age group at the Norris Insurance 4 mile race on May 14th in Kokomo, Indiana.
This is only Roberts third race this season. He did the Trail Breaker 5K in Waukesha and the Deer Run 5 K in Brown Deer. Robert is new to racing and is off to a good start.

 Robert recently worked for Johnson Controls in Glendale, Wisconsin. He recently joined Infineon in Kokomo.  Infineon provides semi conductors and system solutions focusing on energy, efficiency, mobility and security.  They have 25,000 employees worldwide with headquarters in Germany.  Robert is a Systems Application Engineer. He graduated from the University of Rochester and is a native of up state New York.
He will be returning to  his home town of Fair Port New York this 4th of July and will represent Team CMT at the Fleet Feet Firecracker 5 Mile at Perington Park.

Robert will also be returning quite frequently to Milwaukee this summer. He will be running the Lakefront Marathon in October with four other team members. He plans on running the Saturday mornnig build up runners sponsored by the local running club the Badgerland Striders.  Robert also plans on running in a number of events in the Milwaukee area this summer. Congratulations Robert on a great start to your racing career. Some runners never win an age group award. Welcome to the team and we are proud to have you.

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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