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Team Hope Walk raises money and awareness for Huntington's disease in Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire hosted it's first Team Hope Walk to raise money and awareness for Huntington's disease.

The walk is part of a national initiative put on by the Huntington's Disease Society of America. The Team Hope Walk is the society's largest national fundraising event, and took place in over 100 cities.

Huntington's disease is a devastating brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive behavioral and physical control, and there is currently no cure. 

Team Hope Walk volunteer Natasha Wilkens saw her father and grandmother suffer from Huntington's disease, and said it can be hard to understand the symptoms.

"Even people with the disease don't even know what's going on, and if they can come here and learn what's going on, they can get involved," Wilkens said.

In it's first year in Eau Claire, the walk had almost 200 people participate, raising almost $13,000 before the event even started.

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