The Starting Line
On most days after school, dozens of elementary-age girls gather at the Stephens Family YMCA or at several elementary schools in Champaign and Urbana. They talk, warm up and play running games.
They are training to run a 5K in November. More importantly, though, they are learning about themselves.
When Paula Tatman enrolled in an exercise research program in June 2012, her greatest hope was that she would be able to walk down the aisle at her son’s wedding a year later. The Urbana woman had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, and at the time she started the research study, she had great difficulty walking.