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Living Longer: Skate 4 Awareness event supports Behcet's disease

Living Longer: Skate 4 Awareness event supports Behcet's disease (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - People can skate the night away for a good cause at the annual Skate 4 Awareness.

It is at The Skatin' Place on Lina Place and hundreds show up to support those living with a rare autoimmune diseases for which there is not yet a cure, Behcet's disease. Deana Clark started Skate 4 Awareness a few years ago after her own diagnosis.

"It's an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels and because we have blood vessels everywhere it can really affect anywhere in our body," she said.

Skating gave Clark's body and mind a way to feel better. So Clark started raising awareness of other conditions as well. In 2017, she is highlighting a foundation Tom Christie supports.

He said, "The name of the foundation is The Relapsing Polychondritis Awareness and Support Foundation. Relaspsing polychrondritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the cartilage."

Tom not only has the condition but it took two years to get a diagnosis because of the symptoms.

"At that time it was swelling of the cartilage in my ear and my nose, some problems with my sinuses being inflamed," he said.

So Tom and Deana will try and skate the pain they feel almost every day away. The good news is that friends that show up to skate and let them know they aren't on the journey alone.

The event is Saturday, April 29, at The Skatin' Place. It's a late night event, but there's a meet and greet before it.

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