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Local girl keeps smiling through the pain

According to Doemel, this year's fundraising goal for the event is to raise $600,000.

Doemel said at the walk, which will be held this year at the Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, Ryann will be one of two honorees.

The sixth annual event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m, and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Walk options include a track or off-road trail and can be 1 to 3 miles.

Casey said Ryann's team has not yet decided on the distance they would be walking. At least year's walk, Ryann spent most of the walk riding in a stroller due to pain.

Ryann, who did not have much to say during an interview, did firmly state, "I do not like arthritis."

Her family, including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, will be walking on Ryann's team this year, including Ryann's 3-year-old brother, who likes to call himself "B" and will be riding in a stroller.

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