My granddaughter, Mia Jeanette Walts, died on October 29, 2011 from a genetic disease called Niemann-Pick Disease Type A. Mia was just 2 ½ years old. It was heartbreaking to see our little angel slowly decline over the course of about 2 years.
In honor of her life, the 4th Annual Miles for Mia 5K run/walk will be held throughout the neighborhoods of Oak Pointe in Brighton, Michigan. The run/walk will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The proceeds from this event will go directly to the Genetic Disease Foundation that is closely connected to Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Their work in the field of genetic testing and research awareness is remarkable. They have recently launched an educational website link called, “knowyourgenes.org”. My goal is to educate people about knowing their heritage and if they might be at a high risk for passing on a genetic disease. A simple blood test may give that information. My purpose is not to support any type of decision with the genetic information, but to give people the knowledge.
I had never heard of Niemann-Pick and never knew that my family lineage would place us at a higher risk for passing on this genetic disease. As an educator, I find myself committed to seeking out information and sharing it with others whenever I can. I am dedicated to sharing Mia’s story with the hope of creating an awareness of genetic testing.
-Dale Diane Love
Event details and schedule
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:00am 5k run/walk
Where: Burroughs Roadhouse, 5311 Brighton Rd., Brighton, MI 48116, 810-229-9988
Entry Fee: 5K Run/ Walk - $15 Youth (12 & under), $25 Early/$30 day of
(Event shirt included with registrations received by May 20th)
Packet Pick up: 7:30 a.m. Registration Check-in
Questions: Contact Dale Love at email@example.com
Miles for Mia