Stamford, Conn. – April 25, 2012 – High Ridge Park Corporate Center will host the inaugural Run or Walk with Mike 5k on Sunday, May 20, 2012 beginning at 8 a.m. This officially-timed and certified 5k will benefit the Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund, which was established to help support critical research into the causes and cures of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and other neuromuscular autoimmune disorders.
Michael Rothman, son of Howard Rothman, President of Vision Financial Markets, a High Ridge Park tenant, was diagnosed in 2010 with CIDP, a rare disorder that can cause progressive nerve weakness, numbness, impaired balance and lead to permanent loss of nerve function. Spearheaded by sister, Rachel, his family, who resides in Stamford, started this research fund to target important research for CIDP.
“The hope and goal is to discover both an important blood test to ensure quick diagnosis and more effective treatment options for this aggressive and nasty neuromuscular disease,” said Howard Rothman, President of Vision Financial Markets and father of Michael.
CIDP affects only one to four in every 100,000 people, but mimics other nervous system disorders. One hundred percent of the funds raised on May 20th will go towards research at Columbia University Medical Center, where Michael is currently being treated.
“High Ridge Park is pleased to host the first annual Run or Walk with Mike 5k, an event that everyone from competitive runners to children of all ages can enjoy,” said Jodi Gutierrez, VP of Property Management for George Comfort & Sons and On-Site Property Manager of High Ridge Park Corporate Center. “We hope to make a significant contribution to the Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund while raising awareness of this disease and other neuropathies.”
The Run or Walk with Mike 5k will provide a certified course and a day of live entertainment and fun for the whole family. The day will feature a “kid’s corner”, free giveaways, massages, smoothies, and a BBQ, among other festivities.
The registration fee is $30 per person through May 19 and $40 per person on May 20 and includes a t-shirt, gift bag, pre-race warm-up and post-race food and festivities. The race will be limited to 500 participants. For more information and to register online, visit www.michaelcidp.com.