WI woman commits to running to raise awareness about Meniere's Disease
MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin native has committed to running a half marathon in each state plus Washington D.C. by the age of 50 to raise money and awareness of Meniere's Disease.
It's a disease with no known cause or cure. Just a week after the Boston Marathon tragedy, Katie Mayer watched one of her closest friends run her first half marathon to raise money to fight Parkinson’s, a disease her friend’s mom suffers. Inspired by watching the crowd raise their hands to commemorate being Boston Strong, she promised her friend she would run a race with her. Katie’s own mother, Kim, was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the middle ear, about 8 years ago. Her symptoms typically include vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. At first, these problems only showed a few times a year.
However, as months progressed, her daily life was repeatedly impacted. At a family party, Katie saw her mother have an episode and leave (in tears) to cope with the awful symptoms.
Watch the video above to learn how you can help raise money and awareness for this cause.