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Wednesday September 11th, 2013

Posted at 9:00am

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This past Sunday, the roar of engines and the screeching of tires could be heard as local residents got together at Zap Zone Fun Centre to race for a cure for Huntington Disease.

The Huntington’s Indy Go-Kart Challenge raised over $11,000, which will assist families coping with the devastating effects of Huntington disease

“It’s a crazy fun time for everyone” says Paul Bateman, Essex County Chapter President. “About a hundred people showed up today to support our cause.”

“We are a small group locally but with the help of family, friends and sponsors we raise a significant amount of money for the Huntington Society of Canada. That money has resulted in some very exciting research breakthroughs recently. Although currently there is no cure, each time a discovery is made it is a step in the right direction and improves treatment options for those with this horrible disease.”

The Indy Go-Kart Challenge is a national event and has been extremely successful for the Essex County Chapter. Funds raised at the Indy will go toward research projects in our community and communities across Canada, providing direct services including information, counselling, referrals, social/recreational programs, and practical support to individuals struggling with HD.

Huntington disease (HD) is a hereditary brain disorder with devastating effects on both mind and body. 1 in 1,000 Canadians are affected by the disease. Every child of a person with HD has a 50% risk of inheriting the disease.

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