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Pittsburgh's Autocross fundraiser, finding the cure for Huntington's Disease: May 19 2024

My name is Morgan McLane and I created "Barbara Lee's Fast Track to a Cure for Huntington's Disease" in honor of my Aunt Barbara. She was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease (HD) in December, 1999. Barbara led quite a normal life, getting married and having two daughters. In her 40's her life changed forever, beginning with subtle changes in her personality and physical capabilities. We now realize this was the beginning of her disease. HD is an inherited, degenerative brain disorder that results in the progressive loss of control of both the mind and the body. Approximately 30,000 people in the US are living with HD, with another 200,000+ assumed at risk. Each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. In 2005, Aunt Barbara was placed in a nursing home, confined to a wheelchair, and began having difficulty speaking and swallowing. HD is an especially difficult condition because it robs the affected person not only of their health and independence, but also the memories of family, friends, and a lifetime of experiences.

There is no cure.

In April of 2010 my aunt lost her battle with HD.

As we enter our seventeenth year of FastTrackPGH, we hope you join us in raising funds and awareness of Huntington's Disease. Your support will put Huntington's Disease on a "FastTrack" to the finish line of finding a cure!

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What is Autocross?
The fastest growing form of motorsport today is one in which the deftness of the driver and agility of the car is more important than pure speed. This sport is called Autocross or Solo. Imagine if you will, a track meet on wheels. You approach the starting line one at a time, helmet on, firmly belted into your car. You look onto a large parking lot that has been transformed into a complex serpentine course with the addition of a large number of traffic cones and white gypsum lines.Your challenge is to try to drive through this course as quickly as possible without hitting the cones. Each displaced cone adds two seconds to your score. Essentially it's you against the clock, figured to 1/1000th of a second. Even though this may sound difficult, it is great fun and leads to a great deal of satisfaction when you do it right. The secret to winning is usually taking the best "line" through the course while maintaining speed and smoothness, but sometimes slower is faster. During a run, which usually lasts about one minute, you will make thousands of driving decisions and really feel the car working under you.

Autocross is a low budget, low pressure sport in which almost anyone can participate, usually in the same car they drive to work. It is a safe, fun way to experience the thrills of competition driving.

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