Run raises funds to fight Huntingtons

Sixth annual Run To Finish Huntington Disease takes place Saturday, May 25, at Kin Beach

It’s a debilitating brain disorder that is fatal and incurable.

North Okanagan residents have a chance to help in the fight against Huntington Disease which affects one in every 6,000 Canadians, and approximately five in every 10,000 are at risk of developing the disease.

The sixth annual Run To Finish Huntington Disease takes place Saturday, May 25, at Kin Beach.

“I started this when my then-sister-in-law was diagnosed and I had no idea what Huntington Disease was,” said event organizer Dan Middleton, a Lake Country triathlete. “I phoned the Huntington Society of Canada and asked if they had any kind of runs and they said, ‘No, but I could start one.’”

So Middleton did. Since it’s inception, the local event has raised an average of $15,000 per year.

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. There are routes for a one-km walk and five-km run/walk. The event starts with registration at 8 a.m. Participants will be welcomed at 9:50 a.m. and the run and walk starts at 10 a.m.

Awards and announcements will take place at 11:30. A race kit pick-up is available the morning of the event.

Participants who raise more than $100 in pledges will receive a free teamHD technical t-shirt.

Be sure to visit the event’s online pledging site through www.teamhd.ca where you can create a personalized fundraising page and expand your fundraising efforts worldwide.

With online pledging, you can set a personal goal, post a picture, write your own message and send emails inviting friends to pledge you. Donors can pledge immediately and receive a tax receipt right away.

The sixth Annual Run to Finish Huntington Disease is an initiative of the Huntington Society of Canada, Okanagan Chapter.

The Morning Star is an official event sponsor.

For more information on the event, contact Middleton at (250) 808-8072 or e-mail hscokanagan@yahoo.ca.