POTTSTOWN PA – Local Girl Scouts Katelyn and Carly Morris rose early Saturday morning (April 20, 2013) to help others do what most of us take for granted: get through a day in relative comfort and ease.
The Morris’ were in Philadelphia to join the annual “Walk to Cure Psoriasis” fund-raiser, along with their mother, Christine Morris. Both Katelyn and Carly, who attend Pottsgrove schools, have dealt since 2007 with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a life-long condition that causes skin redness and irritation, and can occasionally make movement painful.
The goal Saturday was to raise $53,000, of which the Morris’ supporters have already pledged about $2,000. The walk program to date has collected about $5 million to help pay for psoriasis research projects, from which both Morris girls hope to someday benefit.
More than that, though, their proud mom notes, they’ve been part of the effort to ensure others receive help too. Their own fund-raising for a cure began in 2010, and for Katelyn’s Girl Scouts’ Bronze Award they created a psoriasis awareness program for the 5th grade class at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School. The Morris’ also have visited Capitol Hill to talk with politicians about the condition, Christine said.
A donation to the walk will be rewarded with a pass for full-day access to The Philadelphia Zoo. WMMR Radio’s Preston Elliot was emcee for the event.
Graphic from Walk to Cure Psoriasis