5K Supports Lincoln Man with Rare Disease

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A disease you've probably never heard of stopped a Lincoln man in his tracks.

Now his friends are running to raise money and awareness.

Ben Yelkin was diagnosed with Guillian Barre back in December.

The disease attacks the central nervous system causing potential deadly paralysis.

Ben's friends organized a benefit 5k to help cover his medical costs.

He's working on recovering movement and once he's back on his feet, Ben says he hopes to raise money to support other patients by establishing a Running Down GBS foundation.

He says, "We want to make sure that, in the long term we help out as many Lincoln families as we can, not only learn about GBS, but also raise money just to help those families get through and be able to focus on recovery rather than the financial aspect of a disease like this."

On May 18th, the group is hosting a Running Down GBS golf tournament to keep raising money.

If you'd like to help, but can't attend, the group does accept donations.