Saturday in Crawfordsville, was about more than gloomy weather — it was about giving.
The fifth annual Zumbathon was held Saturday at Crawfordsville’s Park and Rec Center. More than two dozen zumbers were present, with ages ranging from the young to the admittedly-old.
Jennifer Newell and husband Will are parents to Karder, who have to deal with the stresses of checking ingredient-lists of every food product on a day-to-day basis. This year, they were hoping to have an effect the community.
“Every year our main goal is to raise awareness because this disease is very rare,” Newell said. “Approximately one in 60,000-70,000 people are affected by galatosemia. [It’s] broken down into two different types — the Duarte and the Classic . . . Karder has the rarest form (Classic). Unfortunately he’ll never grow out of it.
“He has to live in this world, so we still have to go out to eat, we still have birthday parties and family things to go to — and the world doesn’t cater to you,” Newell said. “Sometimes, because they’re not aware, accommodating us becomes a struggle as well.”