Local families show support for children with apraxia through walk

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In Dauphin County, local families used a special event to show their support for children who cope with a disorder that keeps them from properly communicating.

20 teams– including families with children who suffer from apraxia– took part in a one mile walk to raise awareness about the disorders at Shank Park in Hummelstown.

Apraxia is a neurological disorder that can affect the tongue, lips, and jaw — keeping a child from correctly forming sounds, syllables, and words.

“I have 6-year-old twin boys who were diagnosed at age 4. They are making tremendous progress and to see so many people here in our corner supporting us, and all the money we raised, it makes us feel good that we’re not alone in this fight and that our kids have a lot of great support,” walk event organizer Beth Rementer said.

At least 300 walkers took part in the event.

The walk raised more than 32 thousand dollars for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.