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Published April 16, 2011, 06:15 PM

Hundreds Play Basketball For A Good Cause In East Grand Forks

People in East Grand Forks are sinking baskets for a good cause. Children came out to play basketball. All to help people with Huntington's Disease.

People in East Grand Forks are sinking baskets for a good cause.

Children came out to play basketball.

All to help people with Huntington's Disease.

12-year-old Matthew Ogaard loves playing sports...

"I decided to get a team together with two of my friends and it was really fun, good competition." Ogaard said.

Today is extra special knowing he's playing a little basketball and helping people with huntington's disease at the same time.

"You get 2 minutes each to shoot and so you just shoot as much as you can with your teammates helping you rebound." Ogaard said.

Hundreds of people are out to show their support today and with each basket a little more money is raised. I need practice.

"Just supporting people is kind of like fun, like you can help them out whenever they need help." basketball player Ian Evavold said.

This is the 3rd annual Hoop-A-Thon at Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks. Helping people with huntington's disease, a hereditary brain disorder that slows even the most basic functions like walking, talking and eating.

"To raise money for research, for education, to raise awareness. There are a lot of people, there are a lot like I said it affects not just a family but a community." Arnette Cariveau of Huntington's Society Of America said.

Although some of the people here have been affected directly by the disease. Others like Ogaard and his friends just want to help out in any way they can.

"There are a lot of people here that are really giving, so I think it's going to be a good number." Ogaard said.

The event raised $3,600 this year.

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