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Local Huntington Disease fundraiser features many prizes; all funds will go towards research

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Sixth Annual Hoop-A-Thon, which will be held March 21, 11 a.m. through 2 p.m., at the Storm Lake Middle School, designed to benefit research for Huntington's Disease, will have three separate raffle drawings in addition to the free throw contest. You do NOT have to be present to win.

The general raffle has over 100 prizes from local businesses. Tickets are $1 each, three for $5 or 12 for $10. For the adults there are clothing, hair products, and lots of gift certificates. For the kids there will be a variety of gift certificates and a lot of toys - even a big wheel!

There are 10 baskets on the basket raffle. Tickets for baskets are $2 each or three for $5.

The large raffle has some fun stuff this year. A Lazyboy recliner, a Spa/hair day in Sioux City, a Des Moines getaway weekend package, and an Itouch. Tickets for this raffle are two for $5 or five for $10.

The silent auction runs throughout the event but will close the bidding at 1:30 p.m. There are some fabulous things up for grabs. The Iowa State and University of Iowa women's basketball teams signed basketballs, there are two autographed footballs signed by Casey Wiegman of the Denver Broncos and Nebraska football player Eric Crouch 2001 Heisman trophy winner, two hotel rooms, two fitness packages and a Jung's Tae Kwon Do package are also in the silent auction.

All proceeds from the Hoop-a-Thon, the raffles and the silent auction will go to the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA).

The whole family can participate at the event. To get involved, you can pick up a pledge sheet at the Storm Lake High School or middle school, Alta Middle School or Culligan Water Conditioning in Storm Lake. Flat donations are also accepted. Persons raising $10 or more will receive a free t-shirt.

The object of the Hoop-a-Thon is to stand at the free throw line and shoot as many baskets as you can in five minutes. There will be prizes for the top shooter in pre-kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school and adult categories. Also, there will be a prize for the top fundraiser. There are also national prizes for the top fundraisers in both adult and youth categories.

Kids can keep busy this year with the Screamer slide that is just $2 to slide during the entire event. Don't forget about the concession stand with reasonable prices to feed your whole family. Come shoot for a cure for Huntington's disease!

Contact Amanda Damewood at (712) 200-3076 for more information on this event or to purchase raffle tickets if you are unable to attend.

Huntington's Disease is an inherited disorder that affects the brain. A person who has one parent with Huntington's disease has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the faulty gene. This risk is 50 percent for each child and is not altered by gender or whether brothers and sisters are affected. People usually have symptoms for up to 10 years before they find out they have the disease and most are diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 50, although this can happen much earlier or later in life.

Though research has remained strong over many years, there currently is no cure for the disease which runs its course and eventually claims the lives of its victims.

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