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The Charleston Gazette|chiari Walk Hopes To Teach, Elevate Funds

In its fourth year, Charlestons Chiari walk is one of 77 occurring in 41 states on Sept. 20. Within the state, Morgantown and Princeton will also be hosting walks. If they cant come here, we want them to go anywhere, Lori Shaffer said. This will be the first year for Malisa Turner and her family to participate. Unlike Keegan, Malisa wasnt diagnosed until she was 36 in 2012. The mother of three and resident of Dunbar said she hopes the walk helps to increase awareness around the Charleston area. Since her diagnosis, Turner said shes even struggled to find doctors that have previously treated the condition. One of the hardest things with it is theres just not enough information and [its hard] finding a doctor who associates the symptoms that you are feeling with Chiari. Turner said her condition was only discovered after she experienced a mini-stroke while out to eat with her family in June of 2012. According to the Mayo Clinic, many people with Chiari malformation have no signs or symptoms and depending on severity might not require treatment. Normally, the condition is detected when doctors are testing for unrelated disorders using magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] or a computerized topography [CT] scan. Just because somebody doesnt look like there is something wrong with them doesnt mean that theres not. Because you cant see it, doesnt make it not real, Turner said. Turner said she has her good and bad days with the incurable condition, which is categorized in three types. Ive been to several different neurosurgeons and neurologists, and at some point you just want them to give you a pill or a cookie just something to give you some kind of hope that youll feel better. She added, I really do have a lot of better days than bad days, but the bad days are scary when your arm is numb, or your vision is blurry or you are confused. One day I called my kids the wrong name, Turner said. Because treatment for the condition depends on severity of the symptoms, Turner said her symptoms have not worsened to require the decompression brain surgery, which Keegan received. Shaffer described the day when she knew something was seriously wrong with her daughter. She woke up one morning and her ribs looked like they were protruding from her chest. Shaffer said at that point Keegan was experiencing a 20 degree curvature of her spine, scoliosis, which doctors later discovered was caused by the Chiari malformation impairing her spinal cord. After completing an MRI, a large spinal cyst was found in Keegan as well. She was starting to lose control of her bladder and having horrible headaches, Lori said.
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Lakeport City Council gives conceptual support to Westside Community Park equestrian facility proposal

There currently are no public arenas or horse camping areas within 20 miles of Lakeport, she said. The facility would be designed to accommodate a wide variety of disciplines, from English and Western to driving, dressage, roping and reining, and gymkhana, she said. The initial concept calls for an arena measuring 140 feet by 330 feet with covered seating for up to 75 people on the west side. Vovchuk said there is interest in covering the arena, which could be handled in a future phase. The facility as its currently envisioned also would include a round pen and a trail obstacle course; four to six small pipe corrals; parking for up to 25 trucks and trailers; up to eight horse camping sites with picnic tables, post tie lines and barbecue pits; a trail head to Cow Mountain, including a staging area with hitching posts and benches; a storage shed for arena supplies; and a water service area with an outdoor sink, counter and portable restroom, Vovchuk said in her presentation. Vovchuk suggested there is the potential for both corporate grants as well as funding through local horse groups, although she said she had not vetted the latter idea. In addition, overnight camping fees and facility leases could help fund the facility, said Vovchuk, who added that one of the next steps would be to do a financial analysis. Future steps would include site planning, studying financial feasibility, taking community input, conducting an environmental review and putting out a request for proposals, she said. I think you guys are on it, and asking the right questions, said Mayor Pro Tem Martin Scheel. There's no question about it, this is a great idea, said Mayor Kenny Parlet, but Parlet said he wanted the proposal thoroughly vetted. Councilwoman Stacey Mattina said she doesn't know much about horses, but felt the facility could be great for Lakeport. As a Realtor, she said she deals with many people who want to come to Lake County and purchase properties that allow them to enjoy their horses. Councilman Marc Spillman said the proposed facility also could be a backup to what is available at the fairgrounds. He said he supported the idea, and thanked Vovchuk for her service on the Westside Park Committee. Spillman, who also sits on the committee, credited Vovchuk with infusing the group with a new enthusiasm for taking on the design of the park's third phase. Councilman Tom Engstrom asked about access to the area where the equestrian facility would be located. Brannigan said it can be accessed from Martin Street or by driving through the park. Engstrom was concerned about dust, and Brannigan said that would need to be dealt with in the development process. Suzanne Lyons, a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission which sent the council a minute order in support of the proposal said the citys needs to offer more types of recreation for people, and noted that horse people have money and spend it. I think that this is an exciting idea and you're not out anything to go ahead and look at it, said Lyons, adding that they have been looking for a way for local parks to support themselves. Members of the horse community who accounted for more than half of the audience also spoke in support of the proposal, noting that it would be well used and a community benefit, and could help bring back some events that no longer occur in the county. You build it, they will come, I promise you, said Laurie Fullerton. Carol Maxwell said she had moved to Lake County from Kentucky after searching for three years for just the right place. One of the main reasons we came here is you can ride your horse here, Maxwell said, adding that what is proposed for Westside Community Park would be a fabulous facility and a huge draw. Spillman moved to support the facility's potential development, with Engstrom offering the second and the council voting 5-0. The horse enthusiasts in the audience gave the council a round of applause following the vote.
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