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Hunter Maloy

Memory Walk to be held in Jackson County for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Southwestern Community College’s Medical Assisting Club will be sponsoring a Memory Walk on Saturday, August 20 in memory of Hunter Maloy.

Maloy passed away on May 16 from complications due to Crohn’s Disease. A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Maloy was loved and revered by all who knew him. Although he appeared happy on the outside and was active in high school sports, and enjoyed being outdoors, Maloy was silently struggling with the pain that the disease caused him.

Crohn’s Disease is considered to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract causing inflammation. The disease can be managed with lifelong doctor care, but can be very painful.

Brittany Shank, President of the Medical Assisting Club, hopes the walk will provide closure to a community in mourning as well as offer support to families and individuals affected by the disease. “This walk is really important because not only are we doing it in memory of a fellow Jackson County resident, but we are raising awareness in the area about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,” said Shank.”Anytime the club can do something or a good cause and help others, there is no question about doing it!”

Guest speaker, Jaime Shank will be sharing her story of dealing with Ulcerative Colitis. The event will also include a live band, the Masquerades, a silent auction, raffle, face painting for kids, and T-shirts for sale at $10 each. The auction and raffle will include everything from camping supplies, to purses, to gift certificates to local stores. The event will also provide participants with information on Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

The event is being held in Cullowhee at the Jackson County Recreation Center on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is not a set fee in order to participate, the club is just asking for any and all donations. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

For additional information contact club members Brittany Shank at 828.508.3878 or Tonya Maloy at 828.226.1860.


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