By Elspeth Mizner
Close to 200 people got up with the sun at Presque isle on Sunday morning to raise awareness for Huntington's disease.
People could walk or run the course that started at Beach One on the peninsula. The goal of the annual event was to raise awareness and money for people living with Huntington's Disease. The condition is a genetic mutation that people are born with. It gets progressively worse as they age.
Theresa Gebhardt lives with the disease and said the support she gets from the community has been incredible. "Very empowering. It's a wonderful community to be living in and just amazing people full of support and love", said Gebhardt.
Besides participants and family members, there were also numerous volunteers and organizers on hand as well.
Corey Bessetti, Gannon University Student Volunteer described the importance of events like this, it's good to raise awareness for that and try to find a cure so we can delay the results of this disease."
In addition to the walk, there was a silent auction and raffles that people could take part in.
Their goal was to raise $12,000 and at last check they exceeded that, raising over $16,000.