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Celebrating a Life: The Keesha Vessell Vasculitis Walk 2012

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012
Welcome and door prizes:  8:30 a.m.
Walk begins:  8:45 a.m.

Temple Avenue Veterans Park, 38 Jackson Street, Newnan, Georgia 30263
770.254.7678 or 770.251.0453
For more information or to register, please email Diann Alford

When Keesha Vessell was hospitalized with Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA/Wegener’s), she expressed a desire to do two things when she got well: Give God the glory for her healing and work to tell others about vasculitis. Sadly, Keesha passed on January  2006. But by September of that year, her family founded a walk as a way to honor that wish.

“It’s one way to honor the memory of a very special 33-year-old mother, wife, daughter and sister who did not know about vasculitis. Neither did any of the four doctors she saw regularly about her conditions,” says Vessell’s mother, Diann Alford. “I hope the information shared and funds raised will help people know what to look for, how varied the symptoms are and where to go to seek information and help.”

Events like the walk are important “to inform the public about vasculitis and the signs and symptoms to watch for, to have them raise questions both to themselves about what is going on in their bodies and to the doctors they regularly see. Encouragement — to show concern for the ones who have been diagnosed — is key and we hope in some simple way this Walk does that. It’s also important to raise valuable funds to find treatments and cures.” Since its inception, The Keesha Vessell Vasculitis Walk has raised over $20,200 for the VF.

The event is open to anyone of any ability level – “we even have golf carts for people,” Alford notes. “We especially hope patients and family members will participate. It’s valuable to involve them for encouragement and knowledge — to know they are not alone and sometimes their situation is not as bad as someone else’s.”