SPCA Joins 5K Neurofibromatosis Walk, May 21st

posted April 22nd, 2011 by
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By Kristi Eaton

The local chapter of the SPCA will be participating in Tulsa’s inaugural 5K Neurofibromatosis Walk on Saturday, May 21 at Lafortune Park.

Representatives from the organization will be on hand to inform people about pet adoption. Several of the organization’s animals will also be at the walk, says Deanna Inclan, president of the Tulsa chapter of he Children’s Tumor Foundation.

The walk is set for 10 a.m.

The Tulsa SPCA will also offer several discounts to people, including reduced priced microchipping, Inclan says.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder where the nerve tissue grows tumors, called neurofibromas. One in 3,000 people have the disorder.

Inclan, who has two children with the disorder, started a local support group for those with the disorder and their families in 2009. The inaugural walk will raise money for research relating to the growth of the tumors. While there is no way to stop the disorder, researchers are learning how to control the tumors’ symptoms, Inclan says.

In addition to the SPCA, there will also be raffles, face painting, music, and food, including lunch catered by Coney Island.

Pre-registration for individuals is $20, while families of up to four people can register for $40. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25 for individuals and $45 for families.

To register online, visit www.ctf.org/walk.

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