National Migraine Group Hosts Walk/Run Fundraiser

South Burlington resident and director of operations for Miles for Migraine Katie MacDonald at a recent event in Cleveland.

In the U.S., 37 million people have migraine. Symptoms include extreme head and neck pain, sensitivity to light and sound, visual disturbances, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. They can last from hours to days to months. To alleviate these disturbing effects, migraine treatment needs vast improvement, while research remains woefully underfunded.

Miles for Migraine, a national non-profit, is doing something about this. South Burlington will host a 2-mile Walk and 5K & 10K Run Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. All funds raised stay local to benefit the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Headache Clinic, directed by Robert E. Shapiro, MD, PhD, supporting its headache fellowship program and migraine research.

Katie MacDonald, a South Burlington resident, has chronic migraine. She is director of operations for the Miles for Migraine non-profit organization and director of Headache on the Hill, an annual migraine advocacy event in Washington, D.C.

“Come out to walk, run, volunteer or just to show your support,” urged MacDonald. “It’s a great opportunity to meet others who understand what it means to live with migraine, while supporting the cause.”

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