Claims Associates Inc. is a proud corporate sponsor of the Conquer Chiari Walk Across America 5k run/walk. The walk is being held in Spearfish on September 17th, 2016. This is the first year of this event in South Dakota and Claims Associates is excited to be a part of it. One of our team members has been personally affected by Chiari. Here is her message:
“My name is Stephanie Nelson and I am a Chiari (Key-AR-ee) survivor.
I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation in February of 2013 and had Brain Decompression surgery in March 2013. I had complained of headaches my whole life and I finally went to my family physician and that is what led to my diagnosis. For some it’s not that easy. Many people go years without a diagnosis and some never get diagnosed. That is why I am very passionate about spreading awareness for Chiari. This surgery changed my life! Although I live in the Sioux Falls area, I was thrilled to travel to be a participant and co-coordinator for the first Conquer Chiari Walk Across America being held in Spearfish, SD. There are 42 other states that have this event every year and now South Dakota is one of them! This event is held on the same date in each state.”
Just recently, the Governor of SD has officially declared September 2016 Chiari Malformation awareness month in the State of South Dakota, which should also help spread awareness.
Together we can make a difference! Educate, fight, conquer Chiari.”
To learn more, please visit www.conquerchiari.org