Conquer Chiari Walk returns to Nashua

NASHUA – Conquer Chiari Walks will occur across the country on the third and fourth Saturday of September, to raise awareness and money for valuable research of Chiari Malformation. Pheasant Lane Mall is teaming up with Conquer Chiari to host a walk here in Nashua on Saturday.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 11:15 a.m. at Pheasant Lane Mall’s food court entrance.

“A lot of people tend to walk around the mall 10 times. We set a time limit for the walk, and then we do drawings after,” said site organizer Susan Haley.

People will walk however far they can within that hour, and people can walk at their own pace, Haley added.

From Maine to Mississippi, California to the Carolina’s and everywhere in between, people will be out walking for the same cause on Saturday.

“Chiari affects people differently. Some are confined to a wheelchair and, for others, the severity isn’t as bad,” Haley said.

According to a press release, “Chiari Malformation is a neurological disorder where the brain descends out of the skull and puts pressure on the spine, causing a wide range of symptoms (including severe headaches, neck pain, balance problems, weakness in the arms and legs and respiratory problems) and a tremendous strain on patients and their families.”

It impacts more than 300,000 people in the U.S. of all ages and races. Patients will often go years before being diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and, as of right now, there is little federal funding being directed toward research.

So, through Conquer Chiari, formally known as C&S Patient Education Foundation, money will be put to use for research, education and outreach.

Funds also are being raised online at http://www.conquerchiari.org/donate.html.

Participants can pre-register online for Saturday’s event at www.conquerchiari.org.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@

nashuatelegraph.com.