Ellie Smith (left)

Ellie Smith (left)

Funds help with research

Money raised locally has helped the Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) fund the early stage of a major Huntington disease (HD) breakthrough

Money raised locally has helped  the Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) fund the early stage of a major Huntington disease (HD) breakthrough.

The breakthrough is being called “the most critical time in the research process.”

Dr. Ray Truant of McMaster University has solved a long-standing mystery in Huntington disease, the ability to examine how cells change shape in human Huntington’s patients.

Research was done with money raised by Canadian volunteers.

The Huntington Society of Canada Okanagan Chapter received $1,100 in donations from the Armstrong Shamrocks senior lacrosse team, and from Askew’s Foods for the recent sixth annual Run To Finish Huntington Disease in Vernon.

With ongoing community support, run donations increased about $7,000 from 2012, with a 2013 run total of $19,239.

“We are really excited about this research breakthrough and are hopeful for our family members and friends affected by Huntington disease,” said Laurie Williams with the Okanagan chapter.

“This research finding was made possible by the ongoing support of our community, which we are very thankful for.”