Sweet Temptationz Hosts Care2Cure to Benefit Lawton Huntington Support Group
LAWTON, Oklahoma (KSWO) – This weekend, the Sweet Temptationz Car Club is hosting the 10th Annual Care2Cure Car Show to benefit the Lawton Area Huntington’s Disease Support Group at Great Plains Coliseum.
Ten years ago, Kathy Timberlake’s family helped start the Care2Cure auto show.
Her first husband, son and two grandchildren both died of Huntington’s disease, and her daughter is now living with the disease.
She said the event not only raised funds for the support group, but it was also an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease.
“People say ‘What is Huntington’s?’ and we have the chance, as a support group, to come out and say ‘This is what it is and this is what it does to our families’, and then if we have someone good enough to come , then they can see firsthand this is what Huntington is doing to their body, their mind and their life, ”TImberlake said.
Huntington’s disease is a rare inherited neurological disease that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.
It affects people cognitively and psychologically.
“They are stressed, they have OCD and what people see the most is movement, so they have uncontrollable movements. They have no choice and so your swallowing is affected because it is the muscles. Your hands, your feet and eventually they get so weak that they can’t do anything, ”Timberlake said.
Sweet Temptationz Car Club now hosts the event every year, bringing together auto clubs in southwest Oklahoma for a good cause.
President Christopher Wright said the organization believes it can help make the event even bigger.
“Our current auto club founders have met people who have been affected by Huntington’s disease and seen the effect, seeing the need to fundraise for this group because fundraising, of course, is one thing. hard to do, so we thought we could merge into auto clubs and make it bigger and better and get more money to stay here in the community, help our local people, ”Wright said.
The Lawton-area Huntington Support Group has 25 members, nine of whom have the disease.
Another goal, according to Timberlake, is to provide knowledge to families.
“It’s a disease in the closet where people don’t tell their family members ‘Hey, it’s in your family’ and then they have kids and then it goes on and on, so part of our job , or part of our I want to be, is educating families that you have to make good decisions about whether to have children, ”said Timberlake.
If you would like to get involved with the group, you can message the Huntington’s Disease Support Group on Facebook.
Timberlake hopes to raise around $ 9,000 for the support group with the event this year.
It continues Sunday at 8 a.m. with a special prize awarded at 3 p.m. to a person struggling with health problems.
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