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5K run benefits local students with Angelman Syndrome

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Jack Young Middle School Builders Club and Baraboo High School Key Club sponsor "Be a Hero, Help an Angel" 5K to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation of Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.

Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a severe neurological disorder characterized by developmental delays, problems with motor coordination and balance, and epilepsy/frequent seizures.

AS is a genetic-based disorder caused by a severe reduction in function of the Ube3a gene in the brain. Individuals with AS do not develop functional speech and seizure disorders can be difficult to treat.

Individuals with AS require life-long care, intense therapies to help develop functional skills, therapies to improve their quality of life, and lots and lots of close medical supervision and interventions.

The event will be on May 18 at the Baraboo High School track. Dress in your favorite superhero attire with a team.

Click here for more information about the 5K run and walk.

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