UMATILLA — A Umatilla family is hosting a shoe drive to raise money for

Megan and Brandon Brown’s 3-year-old daughter is impacted by the rare syndrome and they are hoping to collect 300 pairs of shoes by October. All sizes and styles of new or gently used shoes can be donated. Megan Brown said the effort raises money through the sale of the shoes by “micro entrepreneurs” in Third World countries.

Rett Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that is mostly diagnosed in females. It impacts cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and autonomic functions of the brain. It is sometimes misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy or as a non-specific developmental delay.

Shoe collection sites in the area include Neighbor Dudes, 405 N. First St., Hermiston; the Hermiston branch of Banner Bank, 101 E. Main St.; Peach Tree Produce, 81700 Peach Tree Lane, Umatilla; and by contacting the Browns at or 253-217-1458.

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