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Huntington's Team Hope Walk Saturday

Posted: 10:53 AM, Sep 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-09 10:53:55-04

You can lace up your running shoes Saturday and run or walk to help raise money to fight Huntington's Disease.

Hundreds are expected to gather at Sharp Park in Delta Township for the Team Hope Walk and 5-K Run.

Lansing's "Team Hope" wants to raise as much money as possible to fund research and shed light on this deadly genetic disease.

The disease is passed down from a parent, and affects around 30,000 Americans.

Over time, it destroys your ability to think, walk and talk, and eventually, leaves you bedridden, before cutting your life short.

"The symptoms of Huntington's Disease are very similar to having Parkinson's, ALS, and Alzheimer's simultaneously," says Lansing Team Hope Walk Co-Coordinator Dawn Perry.

For Perry, it is a personal mission.

"Huntington's Disease has effected my family for generations," she says, "my mother passed away at the age of 34 and my brother was 47."

Symptoms usually start when a person is between 30 and 50 years old and progresses.

However, there have been cases of children getting Huntington's Disease, some as young as two years old.

While work continues to find a cure, people are walking this weekend to not only fund research, but to raise money to help improve the lives of those suffering from Huntington's Disease.

The walk is Saturday at Sharp Park in Lansing. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk-run starts at 10 a.m.

Once the walk is finished, people can stay for lunch and a raffle.

Funds from the event will go to the Great Lakes or Midwest Region of the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

You can register online today as well, until 4 p.m.