Miles for Mia Walk-Run Raises Nearly $5,000 for GDF

The second annual Miles for Mia run on June 1, 2013 in Brighton, Michigan was another huge success, attracting more than 150 participants.  The event is organized by Dale Love in honor of her granddaughter Mia Jeanette Walts, who died on October 29, 2011 from Niemann-Pick Disease Type A when she was just 2 ½ years old.

Dale has designated proceeds to the Genetic Disease Foundation to support research into genetic diseases such as Neimann-Pick as well as education about genetic testing.

Among its programs, GDF endows the Francis Crick Professorship of Human Genetics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  The professorship was awarded to Dr. Edward Schuchman in 2003, and his team is working to identify genetic risk factors and develop treatment for Neimann-Pick Types A and B.  They recently began a Phase Ib study with Genzyme to evaluate a potential therapy for Type B.

GDF offers our deepest appreciation to Dale and everyone who contributed to making the event a success.

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Banner welcomes walkers and runners

Organizer Dale Love (Mia’s grandmother) with Announcer Steve Chandler

The sky opened up and the sun shined through as walkers and runners hit the pavement

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