Family Run for Calvin Bertsch!
Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A FAMILY RUN/WALK TO BENEFIT CALVIN BERTSCH AND HIS FAMILY
This is a 1.65 mile family fun run through the South Lake Sammamish neighborhood to support the financial cost of treating Calvin’s Mitochondrial Disease. The suggested donation to run is $10 per person or $25 per family. We want to see as many IMPACT PLAYERS and families out there as possible! We will gather at 3:00, hear from the Bertsch’s at 3:15 and start the run around 3:30. Then join us for snacks and beverages after the race!
Donations: Please either make your DONATION - ONLINE via the link above or register for the event (DONATION - AT EVENT) and bring your checks to the run made payable to 'Impact Players.' Impact is a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations can be matched by your employer if that is an option. Checks can also be mailed to:
Impact c/o Matt Wimmer, 4708 193rd PL SE, Issaquah, WA 98027
Visit the family's Caringbridge website for further details: www.caringbridge.org/visit/calvinbertsch
A bit about Calvin and Mito:
Calvin was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease and has spent a significant amount of his life at Children's Hospital due to illness and surgeries. While his future is uncertain, he continues to light up everyone he meets with his magnetic personality and his award-winning smile.
Mitochondrial disease results from failures of the mitochondria, which are present in almost every cell of the body. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When mitochondria are not functioning correctly then the organs begin to suffer. Depending on which cells are affected, a child can have strokes, seizures, gastro-intestinal problems, blindness, deafness, muscle failure, diabetes, developmental delays, heart and kidney problems, immune system problems and liver disease. Whole systems within a body can begin to fail and the life of the child is compromised, changed or ended. There is no cure for Mito and the mortality rate is roughly that of childhood cancer - 80% of kids diagnosed with Mito will die before they turn 20.