A Walk to Remember, a 5K event sponsored by TU Health Challenge, the staff assembly, the exercise science club, and Black Students United, is to be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the Heminger Center. It is being held in celebration of Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and American Heart Month, and in support of JoElle Hall.
JoElle Hall, pictured right, is the assistant director of undergraduate admissions at TU. She was recently diagnosed with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease in which the patient’s immune system attacks NMDA receptors in his or her brain.
According to the Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation, the disease can be life-threatening. While recovery is a long, slow process, sometimes taking months to years, it is possible.
While Hall’s GoFundMe page reports that her case is severe, her prognosis is postive.
Donations towards Hall’s medical treatment are being accepted online through a GoFundMe page, which raised nearly $10,000 as of Feb. 9, and will be accepted at the Walk to Remember.
Each participant at the event will receive a Valentine’s Day chocolate with a fun fact about Black History Month and a “We Support JoElle” sticker.