Strathmore local Danny Janes is bringing the Homerun for Huntington's baseball tournament back for the third year in a row to raise awareness and money for Huntington's disease. Half of the money raised will go towards his friends, Greg and Michelle, that suffer from the disease and the other half will go towards the Huntington Society of Canada.
Huntington's disease is a rare, inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain and has a wide impact on a person's functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking, and psychiatric disorders.
Having done it for several years, Janes hopes to continue growing the event and making it bigger every year.
"This year is looking pretty good. We're estimating maybe around 100 or more people this year that are going to come out and support the cause".
The first year they raised $3000, and the second year they ended up raising $5000, so this year they are hoping to double that.
"We are hoping to raise money for our friends that have some unforeseen costs that they are dealing with, with this disease. We would just like to raise a little bit more."
There will be a little scrimmage baseball game where everyone in the community is invited to join in on the fun. To enter into the game there is a $20 charge.
Homerun for Huntington's will be held on Saturday August 19 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Kinsmen Ball Diamond. There will be a 50/50, a ball tournament and a bottle drive. Baldwin BBQ will be on-site serving lunch and all the proceeds will go towards the cause, the Strathmore Fire Department will also be in attendance for the kids and Janes is still in the final stages of securing live entertainment.
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