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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Meet Team CMT Member David McCarthy

Team CMT member David McCarthy is a 20 year old college student from Wayland, Mass.  He will be a junior at Vassar College where he is a biology major. He is Pre-Med so let's hope he makes it to medical school and helps to educate the medical community on CMT.

David is not connected to anyone on Team CMT.  He stumbled across the Team CMT site when looking for races to run during his summer break.  After reading the site he knew he wanted to learn more about CMT and help Team CMT raise awareness.  He was happy to support our cause and I am thrilled to have him on the team.

David recently ran the Thomas Chamberas  6K cross country race.  He completed the course in 22:33. Congratulations David and welcome to the team. You are one of 38 members of this team in 12 states and in England.  Welcome to Team CMT David. I am looking forward to seeing you run a lot more in Team CMT colors!

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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