Md. group rallies behind 8-year-old girl to find cure for Rett Syndrome

Md. group rallies behind 8-year-old girl to find cure for Rett Syndrome

In Salisbury,  one 8-year-old girl shows us that there are no limits to being an athlete.

Saturday morning, 8 -year-old Taylor Imes was greeted with colorful signs and sparkling running gear at the Salisbury City Park. Taylor came to participate in a virtual 5k with the non-profit organization called, Athletes Serving Athletes, commonly known as ASA.

The organization helps people living with disabilities compete in main stream athletic events.

"They motivate us and encourage us in so many ways that it's what keeps our organization going. Taylor is one of our athletes, and Taylor has Rett Syndrome," says Jill Fears, the  Community Coordinator of the Eastern Shore branch of ASA.

Fears tells us Saturday's 5k is part of a larger scale race in California going on this weekend. The race aims to raise money to find a cure for Rett Syndrom,  which is a post-birth neurological disorder that mainly affects girls.

"The common phrase that is used for Rett Syndrome is that it traps girls in their bodies. She has a communication device, so they're tying to teach her how to communicate with others that way, but she is non-verbal," says Fears.

Fears tells us Taylor has limited mobility, but that did not slow her or her supporters, who were running by her side.

"These athletes that we race with get an opportunity to feel what competition is like. Sometimes they squeal, sometimes they clap. I mean it just brings tears to my eyes," says Fears.

Members of Athletes Serving Athletes tell us they will be participating in the Crab run in Cambridge next Saturday.

For those interested in donating to Athletes Serving Athletes click here.

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