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Racing toward a cure for Huntington disease

['Racers zip around the track at Burlington Amusement Park. The park is now for sale. SUBMITTED PHOTO']
Racers zip around the track at Burlington Amusement Park in this file photo.

Join the P.E.I. chapter of the Huntington Society of Canada for the P.E.I. Indy Go-Kart Challenge for Huntington Disease, set for June 15.

It will be held 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Burlington Adrenaline Park, formerly Burlington Amusement Park on Route 234. All proceeds will go directly to the Huntington Society of Canada to support those affected by HD through family services and breakthrough research into a cure.

Race day will feature go-karting, prizes and refreshments. Register a team of six to 12, register individually and be placed on a team and then start fundraising. For more information and to register, visit

Huntington disease (HD) is a debilitating brain disorder that is fatal and incurable. About one in every 7,000 Canadians has HD and approximately one in every 5,500 is at-risk of developing the disease.

Huntington disease is often described as having the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS – simultaneously. As the disease progresses, a person with Huntington’s become less able to manage movements, recall events, make decisions and control emotions. The disease leads to incapacitation and, eventually, death.

Fast facts

  • The first Indy event took place in Niagara Falls, raising $3,000.
  • In 1996, the Indys went national and have raised well over $1 million for the HD community since then.
  • Now, as Canada's largest fundraising gokart event, this volunteer-led day is dedicated to Canadian families whose lives are affected by Huntington disease (HD).

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