2018 Walk-n-Roll for Graham benefitting Cure SMA returns for second year


The Vollmer family experienced so much success with its inaugural Walk-n-Roll for Graham event last May that Adrienne Vollmer, Graham Vollmer’s mother, is planning a second event May 11.

Graham Vollmer has spinal muscular atrophy. A walk fundraising for Cure SMA is scheduled for May 11. (Submitted photo)

Last year, the Westfield family raised $80,000 through 500 attendees for Cure SMA, an organization providing support to families affected by spinal muscular atrophy.

Graham has spinal muscular atrophy. He was the inspiration for a recent bill passed into law called “Graham’s Bill.” The 2018 Walk-n-Roll for Graham is in honor of his third birthday.

“Graham and I were recently part of getting newborn screening passed in the state of Indiana for SMA,” Adrienne said. “A bill was signed to add SMA to the Indiana newborn screening. I was a big part of pushing that (through the) legislature and working with local lawmakers here to make that happen.”

Adrienne said there will be something for everyone at the 2018 Walk-n-Roll for Graham, which will have a 1-mile walk around Coxhall Gardens, a photobooth, food, beer and a game area sponsored by NinjaZone. The event is from 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 11 at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel. The Vollmer family has set a fundraising goal of $80,000, the same goal as last year. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. The price covers registration, a T-shirt and all of the event’s activities.

“It’s a great way for our local community to support a local family and raise awareness for this disease,” Adrienne said.

The Vollmers are asking people register before the end of this month so they can get a head count.

For more or to register, visit events.curesma.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Graham_WNR_Home.

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