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Lake Park Hosts "Hustle For Huntington's" 5K on May 11

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Jennifer Jungel

"Hustle For Huntington's" is a unique 5K fundraiser which will be hosted in partnership by Lake Park High School's Camp Earth team and the school's Earth Club. The event will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 am at Lake Park High School West Campus (500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle, IL).

After the event, participants will enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment. Most of the proceeds from the 5K will go directly to the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA). Some of the funds will be used to cover the costs of the Lake Park Camp Earth cyclists who will be biking 3,000 miles around all five of the Great Lakes this summer to bring awareness to and raise money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Preregistration cost is $20 and race day registration is $25. Registration forms are available at www.lphs.org. Additional information is available by contacting race director Lesley Pierce at lpierce@lphs.org

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This summer, five Lake Park seniors (Michael Behrend, Steven Nickison, Tim Ehrhardt, Brandon Pharr and Zach Ciaglia) will leave for their biking/fundraising adventure two days after graduation. They will bike from Roselle through Chicago to Toledo, Niagara Falls, Sault St. Marie, and Duluth.

Camp Earth was founded two years ago by Lake Park students Patrick Dimpsey and AJ Fisher (class of 2010), because they wanted to support a friend and fellow Lake Park student whose father had passed away from the disease and whose brother had subsequently been diagnosed with it. That year, a team of Lake Park cyclists (Dimpsey, Fisher, Tim Fergus, Nick Ciaglia, Marc Ostrowski, Steve Krauss, Ryan Jorgensen, and Tim Layer) biked 3,800 miles across America, beginning in New Jersey and ending in San Francisco. They raised over $10,000 for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. This year, Dimpsey is riding through Iceland, Scandinavia, and Northwest Europe.

You can learn more about the dedicated work of these Lake Park students and alumni by visiting www.mycampearth.com. To help support their efforts with a donation, visit http://www.mycampearth.com/#!donate/c1rva

The HSDA is searching for a cure for Huntington's Disease and helping families deal with the effects of the disease. Huntington's Disease is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present, no cure. The disease slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, talk and reason. Eventually, the individual becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. Huntington's Disease profoundly affects the lives of entire families -- emotionally, socially and economically.

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