Walk N’ Roll to Cure Ataxia set Saturday, Sept. 9

The eighth Minnesota Walk N’ Roll to Cure Ataxia fundraiser will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9, in Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive in St. Louis Park.

Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk and program will begin at 10 a.m.

There is no cost to register, but organizers will accept donations. A limited number of T-shirts will be available for donors. A raffle and live auction are planned. Prizes include trips to Mexico and Florida.

All proceeds benefit the National Ataxia Foundation. According to event organizers, “The word ataxia means without coordination. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. The word ataxia is often used to describe a symptom of incoordination which can be associated with infections, injuries, other diseases, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxia is also used to denote a group of specific degenerative diseases of the nervous system called the hereditary and sporadic ataxias which are the National Ataxia Foundation’s primary emphases.”

Walk N’ Roll events are conducted nationwide. They are the largest fundraising events for the National Ataxia Foundation.

To register or for more information, visit ataxia.donorpages.com/WalknRoll2017Minnesota.

The page for the Joe Sweeney Fan Club, one of the teams involved, is available at tinyurl.com/yby47xxo.