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Cocktails in the Courtyard Thursday to aid Huntington’s Disease Society

The second annual Cocktails in the Courtyard to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave.

Cocktails, wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres on the patio, complimentary spa services and door prizes are part of the event. Purchase tickets for $45 presale at CocktailsintheCourtyard.net or call 380-8565.

Proceeds from Cocktails in the Courtyard will support the mission and programs of society, the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure and providing assistance to those individuals living daily with HD. Huntington’s disease is a rare neurodegenerative brain disorder that robs a person of the ability to walk, talk, think, swallow and control movement. HD symptoms are the same as the worst of those associated with other neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS, and a cure for one is likely to benefit all.

Unlike other diseases, however, Huntington’s disease has a known genetic location and can be positively identified and studied in people long before they become symptomatic. This gives researchers a leg up and makes Huntington’s disease an excellent candidate for research.

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