North Riverside resident Marissa Gutierrez raised $13,380 to raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease and help fund Dr. Jan Nolta’s research at the University of California-Davis.

Huntington’s Disease is a genetic nervous system disorder that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

Gutierrez, whose son was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease last year, raised the money from friends, relatives and local businesses.

The climax of the fundraising effort was the first Walk to End HD event at the North Riverside Commons Park on May 12.

The event was sponsored by Polar Bear Ice Cream, Nuevo Leon Restaurant, Truck Tire Sales Inc. and the St. Francis Wildcats.

The money was donated to Deshalamar CDC, a nonprofit organization created in February, which helps organize the Walk to End HD events.