May is Huntington's Disease Awareness month, making Saturday the perfect day to raise awareness in an effort to find a cure.
The Inaugural West Virginia Team Hope Walk was held in Morgantown at the Ruby McQuain Amphitheater. The 5K was in honor of those suffering from Huntington's Disease, which is a heredity degenerative brain disorder. Currently, there is no cure for this disease but organizers said events like the walk raise awareness and give the community a way to fight for a cure. Jo Hines is the daughter of a Huntington's Disease patient. She said she is thrilled that the community gathered to gather to raise awareness for such a misunderstood disease. "It's so misunderstood, it's misdiagnosed, and it's scary. People just don't understand. So the more awareness we can raise I think we can really fight for a cure" said Hines. Organizers of the Team Hope 5K said the Huntington's Disease Society of America's annual walk is its largest fundraising event. The main purpose of the day was to have fun while raising awareness of this disease. Development Director, Shawn Supers, said more than 55 people participated in the walk and more than $5000 dollars was raised. Although this was the first year for the 5K in Morgantown, Supers hopes to make this an even bigger event next spring and for many years to come.