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NIU fraternity sponsors 5K run/walk for rare condition Sunday


Members of an NIU fraternity will be hosting a 5K run/walk on Sunday, to raise funds for research and treatment of a rare genetic conditon.

The U.S. Hereditary Angiodema Association will have the HAE In Motion race at Hopkins Park in DeKalb, with help from the Pi Sigma Epsilon chapter from Northern Illinois University.

Hereditary angiodema is a very rare and potentially life-threatening genetic condition; symptoms include episodes of swelling in various body parts including the hands, feet, face and airway. Patients often have bouts of excruciating abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting causing by swelling in the intestinal wall.  Swelling in the airway is especially dangerous, and can lead to death by asphyxiation.

Registration will be held at the Hopkins Park shelter beginning at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 o'clock.


Nina Blackwood



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