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4th annual Great Steps for NF Walk on Saturday

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- This weekend you can put on your walking shoes for a good cause and help to find a cure for neurofibromatosis during the fourth annual Great Steps for NF Walk Saturday in Middleton.

According to the Mayo Clinic, neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.

Tim Eberle, who was diagnosed with NF, says the disease affects approximately one in 2,500 people and is more common than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, and Tay-Sachs combined.

The walk on Saturday is to bring awareness for the disease and to raise funds for research, improve clinical care and for programs of support and education.

Last year, Eberle says there were about 100 participants and they raised $14,000. He says this year's goal is to increase the number of participants to 150 and to raise $20,000.

Advance registration for everyone age 11 and up is $20 per person, or $25 the day of the event. Children ages four to 10 are $12 and children three and under are free. Each person who raises over $100 will have their registration fee waived.

The fourth annual Great Steps for NF Walk is on Saturday at Capitol Brewery in Middleton. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

For more information or to learn how to register, click here.

Eberle, along with co-committee members Katy Freye and Kristin Pilgrim, join us on 27 News at 5 on Friday to talk about the walk.

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