Georgia Team Walk

By Kate Gaier
5:30 pm September 9, 2006

Jane Anne King was diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia in 1999.

A debilitating disease, King now relies on a wheelchair, but that's not stopping her or even slowing her down.

"This is the first one in Georgia. We have them going on in 10 other states. We hope to get it in every state and that's what we're working for right now," said King.

King helped organize the first Walk and Roll Team Connection in Thomasville to raise money for the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation. It also allows those suffering to get together and share what they're going through.

Ruth Kelley traveled from Byron, GA, and said, "You never know exactly what people mean when they say certain things, so it's easier to communicate face to face and it's more emotional. We need the emotional support we can get when we're together."

Ben Free from Fayetteville, GA said, "I think people understand where I'm coming from. They can understand what I have gone through."

As strangers gather to make new friends and share their stories they all have one goal in mind, finding a cure for their disease. To help with the fundraiser, the local Wal-Mart donated $500 towards the foundation.