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Local family hoping for a cure

At first blush, South Jeffco resident Tatum Moore appears to be a pretty typical 10-year-old girl.

She enjoys dancing and twirling to music, and spends a lot of time chasing her 5-year-old brother, Tegan, around the living room. Tegan usually catches an adoring bop on the head from his older sister when she catches him.

Tatum also is one of the most popular kids at Ute Meadows Elementary School, where children enrolled in traditional classes so often fight over her that teachers are forced to compile rotating lists to ensure every student has an opportunity to sit with Tatum at lunch or read to her during school.

“We always say how blessed we are to live in this community,” said Tania Moore, Tatum’s mother. “She’s touched so many lives in so many ways, and as a result, her life has been impacted by so many wonderful people.”

Although she’s one of the sweetest kids a person could encounter, Tatum deals every day with more than her share of unique challenges. On July 8, 2008, when she was 2 1/2 years old, Tatum was diagnosed with Rett syndrome.

“It’s one of those dates you don’t forget,” said Tim Moore, Tatum’s father. “The disorder is so rare that the doctors were researching it on the same websites we were.”

When the Moores learned about Tatum’s diagnosis, it was three weeks before an annual fund-raising event called Walk N’ Roll, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Rett Association. The Moores immediately became heavily involved in the event, which raises money for the Rett Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

Now in its 12th year, the 2016 edition of Walk N’ Roll is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Clement Park in South Jeffco. The event features a carnival complete with a princess, a balloon twister and a magician, as well as a photo booth with costumes. There also will be a silent auction and a 3K walk around Johnston Reservoir at the park beginning at 10 a.m.

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