‘Coffee for a Cure’ to raise money Tuesday for juvenile Huntington’s disease research

Tomorrow, your morning coffee could do a lot more than give you the energy you need to get through the day. It could also help save lives.

Family members and supporters of Virginia Buck, a 9-year-old girl from Tyrone who suffers from juvenile Huntington’s disease, will serve “Coffee for a Cure” in front of the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., in downtown State College, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in exchange for donations that will be given to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at the University of Iowa.

9-year-old Virginia Buck is the inspiration behind the “Coffee for a Cure” fundraiser in front of the State Theatre tomorrow. Photo credit: Abby Drey – CDT

Juvenile Huntington’s disease is very rare and deadly. Virginia’s mother said her daughter is likely to live for just two more years.

“Virginia brought out a water jug to me, smiling and laughing at how big it was, and said, ‘I want this to be filled with coins,’ ” friend Ryan Myers told the Centre Daily Times. “She wants to have it filled and sent to Iowa for research.”

State Theatre Executive Director Richard Biever told the newspaper that the theater was pleased to be able to help with the fundraiser.

“When Ryan asked about the Coffee for a Cure event, it was really a no-brainer,” he said. “He was organized and motivated and the money was going to a great cause.”

-Erin

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