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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Team CMT members on the move

It has been a busy couple of weeks for many Team CMT members.  Robert Kearney and Cheryl Monnat ran the Eisenbahn half marathon on August 27th.  Robert and Cheryl have been training in the Badgerland Striders build-up program for Lakefront Marathon on October 9th.  Cheryl won 2nd place in her age group. Way to go Cheryl. Robert and Cheryl both worked together at Johnson Controls. Robert now lives in Indiana, but comes to Milwaukee to train and race.

Texas team members have been busy as well. Morgan Johnson is currently in China competing at the World Triathlon Championships. Morgan is a member of Team USA.  Team member Joyce Kelly ran in the 9/11 heros 5K in Dallas and continues to train for the White Rock Marathon in Dallas the first Sunday in December. I expect to see Joyce at Boston next year.

We had a large contingent of Team CMT runners at the Lake Country Half Marathon and 5 K. Kathy Stultzm her son Lincoln and niece Alyssa Flagge all participated. They are running for Kathy's daughter Regan.   Kathy is also training for the Chicago Marathon in October. She has been battling an ankle injury. Good luck to Kathy and thanks to all of your family.

Appleton Team CMT member Dawn Fritzell ran the Cheesehead Half Marathon on Sept 3. Still waiting for the pictures.  Dawn has several family members with CMT.

Our Team CMT member in England Donna Dewick is in Paris to race for our team. Can't wait to see the pictures.

I have been busy training for Marine Corp at the end of October. I have been fighting turf toe since the end of July.  I have been rocking the kineso tape and it really seems to have helped. I was able to get all my runs in this week, including my 20 miler today.  The biggest news is on Monday September 12th I will register for the Boston Marathon.  I am asking for entry to the mobility impaired division. I will have to wait with the all the runners applying to see if I am accepted. This year for the first time runners with the fastest times will be accepted until the race is full.  I should know by early October if I have made the cut.

We also gained 4 new Team CMT members this week. We now have 42 members and we are still growing. Thanks to everyone who trains and races for Team CMT to raise awareness of Charcot Marie Tooth Disorder. You all inspire me!

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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