Forbes High debutantes raise funds for Huntington's Disease research

Dock Rix, Claire Maslin, Traie Merritt, Elysse Girot-Serplet, Brittney Spencer, Jordan Kennedy with flowergirl Georgia Drane and pageboy Sam Drane.

Dock Rix, Claire Maslin, Traie Merritt, Elysse Girot-Serplet, Brittney Spencer, Jordan Kennedy with flowergirl Georgia Drane and pageboy Sam Drane.

Some 120 family and friends showed their support for Forbes High School’s debutantes on Saturday night by attending their ball and supporting their chosen charity, Huntington’s Disease.

The group was inspired to support the research into Huntington’s Disease after finding out that one of their teachers had been personally affected by the disease, with his beautiful wife being diagnosed. 

The debutantes were escorted in by flower girl Georgia Drane and page boy Sam Drane.

They were presented to Kimberley Green while Emily Bass performed the duties of MC.

The hard-working group conducted fundraising activities for Huntington’s including a raffle which was drawn on the night.

Their efforts culminated in more than $1000 being raised. 

They performed a presentation dance, choreographed by dance instructor Rachel Wythes that amazed the audience and was stunning to watch. 

Huntington’s NSW advises that Huntington’s is usually characterised by involuntary movement and intellectual, emotional and behavioural problems.

Symptoms generally start subtly and progress.

In most cases HD is a "late" onset disease and symptoms generally appear when a person reaches their mid 30s or 40s. In rare cases HD may develop in childhood or as late as 70 years of age.

Treatment of HD and research into its causes has greatly improved in recent years.

The HD gene was isolated in 1993 but there is still no cure for the disease.

Since the marker gene for HD was discovered in 1983 it has been possible for an "at risk" person 18 years or over to have a predictive test.

You can find out more about Huntington’s or make a donation to Huntington’s NSW at www.huntingtonsnsw.org.au/ 

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