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Fundraiser walk coming to Southeastway Park

STAFF REPORT

The Immune Deficiency Foundation Walk for Immunodeficiency-Indianapolis is Saturday at Southeastway Park, 5624 S. Carroll Road, in New Palestine.

The walk, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is free. With a $25 donation, participants receive a Stride with IDF Pride T-shirt.

In addition to the walk, this kid-friendly event also features Silly Safari, Pleasant View Apple Orchard, DJ Matt See, Mandy Gilpatrick Photography, cool crafts and sponsor booths.

Shelby County resident Nicki Scott is assisting with the organization of this event. Scott’s daughter, Grace, has Primary Immune deficiency.

Grace Scott developed a virus at three months old and spent a week in an intensive care unit. She received antivirals, antibiotics, bronchodilators and steroid medications. Over the next five years, she visited several doctors in an effort to fight the recurrent infections in her lungs and ears. 

Grace was diagnosed with asthma and put on medication but that didn’t supress the problems she was still having.

At age 7, the lung and ear infections started decreasing but sinus infections became more prevalent. By age 12, she was taking antibiotics and steroids almost daily. 

In February of 2013, she was diagnosed with a genetic disease – Primary Immune deficiency called Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). Immunoglobulin therapy started at age 13. 

Now 19 years old, Grace still gets sick often and requires antibiotics but leads as close to a normal life as possible. She is quick to thank God, her family and friends, her healthcare team, and the Immune Deficiency Foundation.

To learn more about this event to make a donation, go to www.walkforpi.org.