A Walk For Abby To Help Promote Awareness For Mitochondrial Disease

DATE: April 21, 2016


[SPRINGFIELD, MA] A Walk For Abby will be held on Saturday, April 23 at East Windsor Park (The Reservoir), 27 Reservoir Ave in Broad Brook, CT. This 2.5-mile walk (Highland Ave, Emily Drive, Depot Street, Perri Lane, Reservoir Ave) will begin at 10:00 am, with sign in beginning at 8:30 am.

“When my mom first came up with the idea for the walk, I had no idea it would be so successful. Then, when I invited WNEU [Western New England University] students, I was overwhelmed by the support and excitement everyone had for the walk. Every year is more amazing than the next and I can’t imagine this Saturday being any different,” Tim Sauerhoefer, brother of Abby Sauerhoefer and a junior at Western New England University.

The Western New England Golden Bears fundraising team has raised $431 so far. The University students are encouraged to attend, but anyone is welcome. It is a $20 fee to sign up to walk, and donations are appreciated. To register online, by mail or pay by check, the form can be found at http://www.abbyshelpinghand.com. Refreshments, raffle prizes, a DJ, and face painting are included at the event.

Contact Carol Sauerhoefer for questions by email at abbyshelpinghand@gmail.com or at (860) 573-3321.

The mission of Abby’s Helping Hand is to improve the quality of life for those afflicted with mitochondrial and other chronic diseases through support, education and research. Seven-year-old Abby Sauerhoefer was diagnosed in July 2009 with a mitochondrial disorder.  Although she is unable to walk, speak or sit up, Abby attends school everyday where she enjoys the company of her friends. Mitochondrial disease is an energy production problem and is often a central element in more common diseases.

This news release was created for my online Business Communication course at Western New England University.


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