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BY DI READERS | MARCH 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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Support Huntington’s research by shooting hoops

Here at the University of Iowa, we are lucky to have the a Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence, one of the top research and clinical care centers for Huntington’s disease in the country.

Huntington’s disease is a devastating hereditary brain disorder that affects the mind and body. There is no treatment or cure. The center provides a biweekly clinic for individuals with Huntington’s disease, as well as a monthly support-group meeting and numerous ongoing research studies.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America funds 21 Centers of Excellence throughout the United States similar to the one at the UI. You can support the society by attending the 2011 Iowa City Hoop-A-Thon on March 27 from 1-4 p.m. at West High, 2901 Melrose Ave.

The event features a free-throw shooting contest in which participants stand at the free-throw line and attempt to make as many baskets in five minutes as they can. In order to participate, shooters collect donations or pledges per shot made ($10 minimum raised). The event will also include a silent auction and raffle, Nintendo Wii contest, concessions, and entertainment by the UI a cappella group Intersection and the UI Breakers dance group.

We hope you can join us and support this important cause. To learn more about the event or Huntington’s disease, visit www.ichoopathon.com.

Sean Thompson
UI staff

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