Lodge 144 February News
World MultiSystem Atrophy Day
GCU Lodge 144 auditor Audrey Peek and her daughters Sarah, Emily and Alicia participated in the World MultiSystem Atrophy Day (MSA) to bring awareness to the rare disease that has affected their family.
MultiSystem Atrophy is a rare degenerative neurological disorder affecting the body's involuntary functions which includes but not limited to breathing, blood pressure and motor control. It causes a multitude of symptoms in any combination including balance impairment, difficulty with movement, poor coordination, sleep disturbances and poor blood pressure control. MSA occurs randomly for unknown reasons. At this time there is no specific treatment and no known cure.
On October 3, 2020 families affected by MSA lit a candle at 8:00 P.M. to unite families and friends all over the world to shed light on this rare disorder. Funds were pledged for each mile walked during the month of October. Collectively the Peek ladies walked 230 miles and raised $600.00. The contributions will be used to fund awareness, support, education and research programs for this rare disorder.
Pictured are Emily Peek, Sarah Peek and Alicia Peek. (Audrey Peek took the photo)