Stroll and Roll for Rett Event Raises $37,000
Despite a downpour, the third annual Stroll and Roll for Rett event took place at West Bloomfield’s Marshbank Park Sunday, May 15. To date, more than $37,000 has been raised by over 300 people. The outpouring of support and love was evident at the soggy park and the weather couldn’t dampen spirits, as more than 100 people attended the popular fundraiser, created by Lisa Fenberg of Commerce Township with the help of her parents, Sandy and Jeff Kopelman. It’s a family affair, as Lisa’s husband Aaron is a very important part of the Stroll.
Families and their daughters with Rett syndrome strolled along the rain-splattered pathway at Marshbank in hopes of coming one step closer to a cure for this devastating syndrome, which engulfs the life of a baby girl every five hours.
The Kopelman’s suffered the loss of their other beloved daughter and sister Rachel to Rett syndrome in 2000 at the age of 20. This very special family wanted to find a way to contribute to a cure and help make a difference in the lives of others. Thus, Rachel’s Stroll and Roll for Rett was born.
This year’s stroll raised funds and awareness for the 501C3 International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF), which develops research and development towards finding a cure (rettsyndrome.com). Rett syndrome is a devastating neurological developmental disorder that affects all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups.
Following the walk/stroll, stroll participants enjoyed lunch and a raffle was held that included an iPad and Kinect for Xbox 360. All of the proceeds are being donated to the IRSF, which is dedicated to finding a cure for this disease.
The goal for 2011 is $40,000 – which can still be reached. Donations will be accepted until August. To help, visit firstgiving.com/rettsyndrome/event/michiganstrollathon. For more information, go to stroll4rett.com.