I'm running my first-ever half marathon at Disney World to support the important mission of Girl Power 2 Cure to Cure Rett Syndrome!

When I met my friend Ingrid and heard about her daughter Sarah, who can't walk or even speak because of Rett Syndrome, I wanted to do whatever I could to help fight this sad neurological disorder. Rett strikes in young girls and stays with them for life. For Sarah, who appeared "normal" at birth, everything changed at 10 months of age. Now she's 11 years old, and she is a sweetheart... it is clear to all who know her that there is so much going on inside her mind, even though she has no way to communicate it. The good news is, researchers have found that Rett Syndrome is reversible in mice ... so we know a cure is out there, waiting to be uncovered!

Ingrid has had a huge role in the Rett world. She founded Girl Power 2 Cure, an upbeat nonprofit that builds awareness about Rett, serves as a support network for families with a child suffering from Rett and funds the ongoing research to cure Rett. The Disney Princess Half Marathon is GP2C's biggest event -- both as a way to tell 1000s of people about Rett, and to raise funds for the nonprofit's important work.

I love that we're running to show our love and support for these little girls that we all dream will someday be able to get up out of their wheelchairs and walkers and run with us.

I am helping Ingrid to manage the race this year and, though I've only run one little 5K in my life, I am so excited to put on my running shoes and work toward my goal to cross that finish line and support these awesome little girls!

I would be grateful if you could make a tax-deductible donation of $10 or more to help me support this fantastic cause. Thanks so much for taking the time to learn a little more about Rett Syndrome.

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