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Raising Awareness on Huntington's Disease in Duluth

Community members raised funds for Huntington's Disease at the Duluth Minnesota Team Hope Walk. Community members raised funds for Huntington's Disease at the Duluth Minnesota Team Hope Walk. |  Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: June 15, 2019 05:23 PM

The Minnesota Chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America(HDSA) hosted a fundraising event in Duluth Saturday.

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The Duluth Minnesota Team Hope Walk took place at Leif Erikson Park. After the walk, there was a raffle drawing and prizes people could sign up for. The annual walk helps support Huntington's Disease research and families that are affected by the disease. 

"Huntington's Disease is a very rare disease so it's very easy to feel isolated and think that you're the only one that's having to deal with it day to day," Katie Weikum, the president of the Minnesota HDSA chapter, said.

Huntington's Disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It has no cure. There's more than 200,000 Americans at risk of inheriting the disease.

To learn more about the disease and the work of the HDSA, click here.

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Alejandra Palacios

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