One Person CAN Make a Difference

...especially if it is Roger Herren of Abingdon, Illinois.

From the Winter 1999 issue of Hopes & Dreams, newsletter of the Illinois Chapter, Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Roger's wife, Donna, is afflicted with Huntington's Disease and he wanted to do something to help raise funds for research into the treatment and cure of HD.

Abingdon, Illinois is a small town of about 3,000 people. Roger began by placing canisters for donations in local businesses and also posters advertising HD fundraising events on November 7th at the bowling alley that Roger runs.

'For a little bit of effort, and a little bit of time, great results where achieved', states Roger. With the help of family and friends 1,000 tickets where sold for a 50/50 drawing. (A 50/50 drawing is where the total amount of money donated is split in half between one winner and the organization that the cause is helping; in this case HD.)

The bowling alley also sponsored a 'Bowl-a-thon' where 3 games were provided free to each participant and a donation was asked to be contributed to HD. $300 was raised from this portion of the endeavor.

All-in-all $1,710 was raised by Roger with $500 being paid out to the 50/50 winner for a final contribution to HD in the amount of $1,210. The photo below shows Sharon Wiese, a Board Member of the Illinois Chapter, graciously receiving this contribution from Roger.

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Created: Jan. 27, 2000
Last updated: Dec. 4, 2010