By Euphenie Andre

COLUMBIA- Huntington’s Disease (HD) is an inherited condition that causes the human brain to break down progressively. The fatal disease can be described as a combination of ALS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's diseases.

According to Cleveland Clinic, more than 30,000 Americans are suffering from HD.

Organizer Candace Rodman’s father was one of the 30,000 before he passed away due to tacritical disease nine years ago. Since then, Candace has made it her mission to spread awareness to her community.

“My grandfather passed from it, and six of my dad’s siblings have passed from Huntington’s, including him.”

For the past nine years, Candace has volunteered as a Missouri representative for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).

For today’s event, Candace has spent nearly a grand of her own money to help support the foundation HDSA. Local businesses like Sophia’s, Addison’s, and Thomas Family Dental support nearly every year.

This year’s event was themed “Hounds for Huntington’s.” Friends and families came with their furry friends and walked a mile around Twin Lakes Dog Park.

“Columbia is a little saturated with 5k’s. We’ve done that in the past, so we just decided to change it up.”

Participants from out of state to down the street all shared the belief of wanting to contribute to a greater cause.

“I wanted to come up here to support and help promote a great cause and the endeavors that go with it.” said participant Atina Rogers.