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Annual fundraiser to help those with Spina Bifida

For the last five years, the annual Walk and Roll event for Spina Bifida has not only provided a chance for those affected by the disease to receive financial support, but to also connect with others effected by it.

Spina Bifida is caused when the baby is in the womb and the spinal column does not close all the way, leaving many unable to walk. Every day, about eight babies are born in the U.S. are born with Spin Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine, according to the Spina Bifida Association.

“It’s not something that’s talked about in the community,” said Amy Miller, secretary of the Spina Bifida Advocates of Washington. “That’s because a lot of the pregnancies are terminated, but it does happen in about one-in-one thousand pregnancies.”

Miller knows first hand the struggles of Spina Bifida, as her 9-year-old daughter was born with the birth defect.

This year, the Walk and Roll event continues at Bradley Lake Park on June 27. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the park.

All proceeds from the event go to patients and families with Spina Bifida. It provides them with financial assistance, educational needs, scholarships for summer camps and more.

“Our goal is to raise as much money as possible,” Miller said.

The walk is the Spina Bifida Advocates of Washington’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

To donate for the walk, or for more information, visit firstgiving.com/sbaws/6th-annual-walk-n-roll-for-spina-bifida.