On Saturday, April 13, students from the Appalachian State University's Recreation Management program, in collaboration with Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff, and Huntington's Disease Society of America will host the second annual Tom Moore Memorial 5K Run/Walk (14th annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk).
This year, the annual event will take place at 9 a.m. at Leon Levine Hall — Boone Greenway Trail. Onsite registration is 8-8:45 a.m. the morning of the event or you may log on to www.hdsa.or/thwboone for online registration. All proceeds from the 5K run/walk go towards Huntington’s disease researching treatments and aiding in the search for a cure.
Early registration fee (on, or before Wednesday, April 10) is $20; late registration fee is $25. T-shirts are available to participants on a first come, first serve basis. Participants’ finishing times will be available upon completion of the 5K. In addition, refreshments are available for all to enjoy; all registered participants are eligible to win a door prize from a local venue; however, door prize winners must be present to receive the prize.
Huntington's disease is a hereditary, degenerative condition that breaks down the nerve cells in the brain. This disease slowly takes away a patient's ability to remember, think, walk and function normally. To date, researchers have developed treatments, which lessen the effects of certain symptoms but continue to seek a cure.
Tom Moore, a previous director of Resort Area Ministry (RAM), received the diagnosis from his physician in February 2001 and succumbed to the disease January 13, 2017. A hereditary condition, Tom’s father and brother also suffered from the debilitating disease.
Tom’s mission was to educate the community about Huntington’s disease and his wife Jennifer was by his side throughout the entire process. The Moore Family connected with Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program 14 years ago. Within this timeframe, the Tom Moore 5K has grown to be a successful educational, social and fundraising event. Families from Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Surry and Mecklenburg are a part of the 5K run/walk. Through the commitment of these counties and families, Huntington's Disease Society of America, in partnership with Appalachian's recreation management program, has contributed over $75,000 for research and has made a significant impact on the lives of patients with Huntington's Disease.
For more information, or to register for this year's event, go to www.hdsa.org/thwboone.