The Denver, CO CMTA Branch is for those who have Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and their loved ones. We welcome you to join this vibrant group of active and caring individuals in your area to share resources, ideas, CMT-related information, and personal experiences and to, ultimately, build life-long friendships and support. Meetings will focus on CMT education, awareness, research updates, fundraising initiatives, advocacy, and current events and will include guest speakers. We love newcomers and hope you will join us at our next meeting!
Ron has lived in central Denver for more than 20 years, and is proud to share co-leadership duties of the only CMTA branch Colorado. After finishing a liberal arts education in the late 1980’s, Ron relocated to New York and found work in the publishing industry, where he continues to this day. Ron was diagnosed with CMT 15 years ago, but has had foot/gait challenges since childhood. Striving for an active lifestyle with a competitive streak, he discovered cycling as a teenager and continues to ride as often as he can throughout the gorgeous mountains and plains of Colorado. Ron credits an active, physically challenging approach to life as a great benefit to his management/treatment of CMT, maintaining that strength, balance and flexibility all have huge benefits to challenges CMT can present. Crucial to that is also his longtime partner Ellen, his family in his birthplace of Florida, and the support of his friends and care “team.”
Dick was diagnosed late in life at age 65, with CMT2, but he has had problems with both claw toes and large toe callouses for a long time. Four years were spent in the Air Force as part of a Minuteman missile targeting & alignment team in North Dakota and Wyoming. That led to a career in computer programming including fifteen years at the Coors Brewing Company. Dick enjoys computers and the internet, reading and, after four hip surgeries since 2011, he would like to get back into bicycling and Nordic walking. He is passionate about raising awareness of CMT to the point of it becoming as common an acronym as MS, MD or ALS.Most people are unaware that, worldwide, CMT is more prevalent than MS.Email recipients read his favorite quote at the bottom of each email sent: "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it."