The Children’s Tumor Foundation Finding a Cure for Neurofibromatosis (NF) will hold its fourth annual L.A. 5K Walk to support the foundation at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 26th at Westchester Park, 7000 Manchester Ave.

Hundreds of walkers are expected to participate in the event, which will include food, music, drummers, a raffle, a live auction and children’s activities.

An organizer of the event is Westchester resident Joyce Marks, vice president of the Children’s Tumor Foundation Southern California chapter, whose son Zachary has NF. Neurofibromatosis is a disease in which nerve tissue grows tumors.

Zachary Marks was diagnosed with NF Type 1 when he was three years old after a sizable, inoperable tumor was discovered in his brain, his mother said. By the time the doctors made a diagnosis, Zach was legally blind, too dizzy to walk, and the doctors didn’t have much hope for his survival.

After receiving chemotherapy, his tumor shrank, and except for his vision loss, he is now just like any 12-year-old, Joyce Marks said.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation works to support those affected by NF and other conditions and raises money through events such as the 5K walk. The event will help fund research and support services for families who face the uncertainty of NF.

Your sponsorship will raise money for research, clinical care, and support services for those affected by NF.

Check-in/registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. near the Westchester Senior Center and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

To pre-register online, www.ctf.org/walk/.

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