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West Michigan Moms Walk For Their Sons On Mother’s Day

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ApraxiaBELMONT, Mich- Three moms from west Michigan will spend their day on the White Pine Trail, showing support for their sons who suffer from Apraxia, a disorder of the brain and nervous system.

Tricia Phinney, Nicole McKay and Kelly Rice have organized the first-annual Apraxia Awareness Walk to raise awareness of childhood Aprazxia and for Calvin College’s Clinic that works with Apraxia patients. Calvin is one of a few clinics in west Michigan that works with under served and uninsured families with a family member who has been diagnosed with Apraxia.

The walk comes on the heels of the announcement last month that for the first-time Congress is recognizing May 14, 2013, as Apraxia Awareness Day.

Apraxia is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips).

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  • Audrey Looman

    This is a special Mother's Day, the first Apraxia Awareness Day Walk….Moms continuing to do what they do best….take care of their kids.

  • Tricia Phinney

    I don't think people really understand how frustrating it would be to know what you want to say, but not be able to make the words come out. The frustration of a family trying to understand the most basic of needs of a child who can't tell you. These kids are strong, determined, and special to everyone in their lives. The Speech Pathologist that work with these kids are amazing they change lives not only the child but the families that love them!

  • DCB

    I wish I had known about this! My daughter was born on Mother's Day, five years ago. She was diagnosed (finally) with Apraxia at 3 years old.

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