By Emily Oliver
SPOKANE, Wash. - Close to 150 people donned their tennis shoes on Saturday morning, then headed to Riverfront Park, eager to inspire hope.
Saturday marked the Team Hope walk to raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
Each year, the non-profit holds nationwide walks, not only to raise money but also awareness about Huntington’s.
According to Team Hope’s website, since the program began in 2007, the walks have occurred in over 100 cities and raised over $18 million.
Spokane’s walk was no exception to the program’s success. In just hours, community members raised $13,665.
"It's a blessing having all the people here showing support," said Zane Graser, volunteer and coordinator for the event.
"It's very hard to get people to come out and show support these days. It's always nice to have everybody come on board and show support for a couple of hours."
Team Hope’s website defines Huntington’s disease as, “a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.”
In doing so, the disease deteriorates the person’s physical and mental abilities. The symptoms are similar to having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s simultaneously, Team Hope said.