10th annual 5K to stop Huntington’s disease

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Members of the community gathered at O-U-Z Saturday, for the Team Hope Walk, a 5K to raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

This was the 10th annual 5K put on by this group, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to finding a cure for this disease. Phyllis Shoemaker has been putting on this event to raise money for Huntington’s disease research. She lost her husband, and her son to the disease, which is why she strives to raise money to find a cure.

Shoemaker said, “The initial 5K was actually ten years ago to promote public awareness and get some money for research. My husband and son were both diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease is inherited dominant gene. So, a child of anyone who has it has a 50/50 chance of getting the disease.

Huntington’s disease is a genetic fatal disease that causes nerve cells in the brain to breakdown. Some say Huntington’s is like a combination of having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s all at once.

“It is just an exhausting, soul wrenching illness you can’t do anything about. I look it in the eye, and we’re fighting it, and we’re going to win,” Shoemaker added.

Shoemaker also gives speeches to groups around the community to educate them on Huntington’s disease.