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Annual walk for brain aneurysm awareness coming up in August

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The third annual Walk a Mile with Latoyia will take place Saturday, Aug. 10, on the track of Huntington High School.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

The event raises funds for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, which provides awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm.

The walk was organized by family and friends of Latoyia Holmes, who suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage in January 2011. She survived, something only 1 percent of victims do, said her sister and caregiver LaKisha Sheffield.

Holmes is totally disabled, cannot speak or move, although Sheffield said eye movement communication is improving.

Private donations also are accepted for her daily care and living expenses. Holmes, 33, has two children who attend local schools.

Registration for the walk is $25, and the track will be open for three hours. Pre-registration can be done at Ebenezer Community Outreach Center, 1660 8th Ave., Huntington.

For more information, contact Sheffield at 304-654-6931 or at poohsheff@yahoo.com; or Linda Smith at 304-523-2484 or 304-523-2882.

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