Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk set for May 4

By Adam Orr

Runners from across the High Country will join Tom Moore and his family Saturday, May 4, at the eighth annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk on Boone's Greenway Trail to benefit the search for a cure for Huntington's Disease.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. at Clawson-Burnley Park.

Ten yeas ago, former minister and director of Resort Area Ministry Tom Moore was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease, an inherited disease that slowly diminishes the patient's ability to walk, think and reason.

To date, the Huntington's Disease Society of America estimates 30,000 known HD cases in the United States, with more than 200,000 Americans at risk of inheriting the disease from a parent.

"Tom's father and brother have both succumbed to this debilitating condition, according to the event's website. "In hopes of finding a cure, Tom wants people to know about Huntington's Disease and join him and his family ... as we increase awareness and raise money for research in hopes of finding an effective treatment and possible cure.

Preregistration on or before May 1 is $15, and day of registration is $20.

All event proceeds will be donated to the Huntington's Disease Society of America, whose mission is to promote and support research and medical efforts to eradicate Huntington's Disease, to assist people and families effected by HD to cope with the problems caused by the disease and to educate the public and health professionals about HD.

F.A.R.M. Café will also host a pasta dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, for early packet pick-up. Though there will be no charge for the dinner, patrons are strongly encouraged to donate as much as they can.

After the race, festivities include a raffle and refreshments.

"Although medical research has provided HD patients with promising treatments related to their symptoms, there is yet a cure for Huntington's Disease, according to the event's website, "but with your support, together, we can make a difference.

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