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Michigan man walks to raise ME/CFS awareness

Monday 19 November 2012


From US newspaper The Holland Sentinel:


Walk Across Michigan for CFSWalker to reach Holland today

Koerner Gray Buchta raising awareness for a chronic fatigue syndrome

The Holland Sentinel
Posted Nov 16, 2012 @ 09:32 PM

Holland — Koerner Gray Buchta's 181-mile trek from St. Clair Shores to Holland State Park was done to raise awareness for a syndrome he has. But it also acquainted him with the state and its people.

First, Buchta aimed to let people know about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis — a chronic fatigue syndrome he has — and raise money for research into the condition. His walk started in August and he expects reach Lake Michigan about 3 p.m. today. Along the way he's had several stops and starts, sometimes to rest and sometimes for media interviews.

But also, said Buchta, 20, walking across Michigan's Lower Peninsula has made him feel "immersed in the state. It's a lot different than driving through it. I've met so many people and shared my story with people I probably wouldn't have met otherwise."

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis affects one person in every 1,000 and can keep victims bedridden. For now, there is no cure or proven treatment. Koerner, diagnosed in 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic, finished high school after missing two years due to the syndrome.

He makes it clear he is fortunate to be so active. Family and friends have joined him periodically en route and will gather at Holland State Park Saturday in anticipation of his 3 p.m. arrival.

The Cascade resident's plans after Saturday: "I will take a rest for a little while."

Buchta's blog is at Learn more about chronic fatigue syndromes at CFIDS Association of America

— Follow this reporter on Facebook and Twitter @SentinelPeg.


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