Florence, WI | Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00 AM CST

2022 Run Like a Zebra | Website by North Country Website Design

749 Central Ave, Florence, WI 54121

info@runlikeazebra.com | 715-301-0905

About Us

Wheelchair Zebra description of EDS
Run Like a Zebra for EDS was started by a group of family and friends that have loved ones who are living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that mostly affect the skin, joints, and blood vessels. EDS is a rare syndrome - there are fewer than 200,000 US cases per year. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects connective tissue, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Symptoms include overly flexible joints that can dislocate, and skin that's translucent, elastic, and bruises easily. In some cases, there may be dilation and even rupture of major blood vessels. Treatment helps manage symptoms and monitor for complications. Options include drugs, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. For this event, Inclusion Fitness works in conjunction with Zebra Hearts Foundation to help individuals with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Run Like a Zebra for EDS was started by a group of family and friends that have loved ones who are living with EDS. The aim is to support and empower families by raising awareness in hopes of early diagnoses and treatments.

EDS of Wisconsin

We work closely with EDS of Wisconsin during the preparation of this race. They provide guidance, supplies, and time to make this event happen. EDS of Wisconsin’s mission is to provide support and resources to patients and medical professionals affected by Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related conditions via education and research. Their vision is to make a better world where EDS and related conditions are fully understood, treated and supported.

Shyla B.

Shyla grew up in Crystal Falls, Michigan. She then moved to Marquette to get her degree from Northern Michigan University. She is currently 22 years old and resides in Carbondale, IL where she is pursuing her masters degree. Shyla’s EDS has progressed severely - some days she might dislocate or sublux 6-10 joints - on a bad day, she might have 20 dislocations. She is unable to walk without a mobility aid. Before Shyla showed many EDS symptoms, she was a dancer and a gymnast. EDS took that away from her. Shyla is hoping to purchase a foldable mobility scooter and a housekeeper, and other mobility devices from the money raised from the race.
Shyla in dance competition before start of EDS Symptons Shyla with knee brace and walking stick Dance competition image of Shyla Shyla in hospital due to problems related to EDS

April D.

April is 16 years old and lives with her parents and brother in Roscoe, IL. April has had a very rough coule of years. She has been unable to attend school for the past 2 school years because of the severity of her EDS symptoms. Her parents struggle daily to help take care of her and to pay for all her medical and daily needs. Before April showed many EDS symptoms, she was a gymnast and a dancer. EDS took that away from her. April’s family is hoping to get funds to help with her daily needs such as her special dietary needs, medical therapies not covered by insurance, home nurse and housekeeper, and her endless medical bills and supplies.
April in wheelchair due to EDS April training to be a gymnist April in Dance competition uniform April in wheelchair at hospital due to EDS EDS Awareness Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes Running zebra

Meet some of the individuals suffering from EDS.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that mostly affect the skin, joints, and blood vessels. EDS is a rare syndrome - there are fewer than 200,000 US cases per year. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects connective tissue, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls. Symptoms include overly flexible joints that can dislocate, and skin that's translucent, elastic, and bruises easily. In some cases, there may be dilation and even rupture of major blood vessels. Treatment helps manage symptoms and monitor for complications. Options include drugs, physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. For this event, Inclusion Fitness works in conjunction with Zebra Hearts Foundation to help individuals with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Run Like a Zebra for EDS was started by a group of family and friends that have loved ones who are living with EDS. The aim is to support and empower families by raising awareness in hopes of early diagnoses and treatments.

info@runlikeazebra.com

749 Central Ave, Florence, WI 54121

715-301-0905

2022 Run Like a Zebra

Website by North Country Website Design

About Us

Run Like a Zebra for EDS was started by a group of family and friends that have loved ones who are living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

EDS of Wisconsin

We work closely with EDS of Wisconsin during the preparation of this race. They provide guidance, supplies, and time to make this event happen. EDS of Wisconsin’s mission is to provide support and resources to patients and medical professionals affected by Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and related conditions via education and research. Their vision is to make a better world where EDS and related conditions are fully understood, treated and supported.

Shyla B.

Shyla grew up in Crystal Falls, Michigan. She then moved to Marquette to get her degree from Northern Michigan University. She is currently 22 years old and resides in Carbondale, IL where she is pursuing her masters degree. Shyla’s EDS has progressed severely - some days she might dislocate or sublux 6-10 joints - on a bad day, she might have 20 dislocations. She is unable to walk without a mobility aid. Before Shyla showed many EDS symptoms, she was a dancer and a gymnast. EDS took that away from her. Shyla is hoping to purchase a foldable mobility scooter and a housekeeper, and other mobility devices from the money raised from the race.

April D.

April is 16 years old and lives with her parents and brother in Roscoe, IL. April has had a very rough coule of years. She has been unable to attend school for the past 2 school years because of the severity of her EDS symptoms. Her parents struggle daily to help take care of her and to pay for all her medical and daily needs. Before April showed many EDS symptoms, she was a gymnast and a dancer. EDS took that away from her. April’s family is hoping to get funds to help with her daily needs such as her special dietary needs, medical therapies not covered by insurance, home nurse and housekeeper, and her endless medical bills and supplies.

Meet some of the individuals

suffering from EDS.

Florence, WI | May 20, 2023