Lydia Marx

Walk for Lydia on Oct. 14.

A walk to benefit Lydia Marx will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Westby Fieldhouse beginning at 11 a.m.

Lydia struggles with Selective Mutsim on a daily basis.

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder that doesn’t allow Lydia to speak and communicate in social settings where she feels uncomfortable. When Lydia is at home with her family, she can speak and communicate well, but struggles in public.

Lexi Mahan, Lydia’s older sister, is involved in FCCLA and this year as a STAR event, Lexi is hosting a walk for Lydia. A portion of the proceeds raised at the walk will help to send Lydia to the “Child Mind Institute” in New York, where she can undergo intense therapy to help her overcome her disorder.

A portion of the money raised will also be directed toward the Mental Health Association and the Westby School District to educate the staff about Selective Mutism, as well as other mental health disorders.

At Lydia’s walk there will be raffles, music, chili, hotdogs, chili cheese dogs, games and more. Events end at 2 p.m.

“Please come and support mental health and walk with Lydia,” Lexi said.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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