Walking in hope for rare disease

THERE is more hope for people suffering Huntington’s Disease after Orange residents rallied behind the Walk 4 Hope on Saturday.

Huntington’s Disease is a rare, progressive brain disorder which is passed on genetically.

Organiser Rachael Brooking was “stoked” by the support the event received.

“It was a great turnout considering the big black clouds and the lack of awareness about Huntington’s, which we hope to change,” Mrs Brooking said.

Huntington’s NSW supports 90 families in regional NSW and 10 families in Orange.

Regional support social worker Julie Leto said it was hard to find information on the disease unless people know to look.

“If we could get one of these events in more regional areas it would be great. The more people that know about Huntington’s the more understanding will develop,” Ms Leto said.

Following the walk up Summer Street, 120 people enjoyed a high tea at Duntryleague to raise funds to fight the illness.

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