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WI woman running 51 half marathons for Meniere's disease

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin native is running 51 half marathons by the age of 50, and it's all to raise money and awareness for Meniere's disease.

Kim Mayer was diagnosed with Meniere's disease about eight years ago. She says this disease of the middle ear affects hearing and balance, and causes vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss.

"The problem is, is there is no warning, so you just get up everyday, and keep your fingers crossed, and you hope it's a good day, and when it is, it's great," Mayer said. "And when it's not, you just kind of have to deal with it day by day."

Kim Mayer's daughter, Katie, says she found out there is no cure, and that there's very few organizations working to raise money and awareness of the disease.

"That was really concerning to me because that meant there was no end in sight for her," Katie Mayer said.

Mayer said she then decided to fill that void and create Run Because, a nonprofit raising awareness and support for Meniere's disease one half marathon at a time.

Katie Mayer wants to run 51 half marathons, one in each state, plus Washington D.C., by age 50. She has done a total of three so far, with her first just last September.

Mayer's goal is to raise $1,000 every race she does. All of the funds she raises will then goes to the American Hearing Research Foundation.

If you would like to help with Run Because, or would like more information, click here.

Katie Mayer, and her mom, Kim, joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.

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