Starting Jan. 17, Kristen Powers, vice-president of the Chapel Hill High School Student Government, will launch an online fundraiser to raise money for a documentary chronicling her decision to get tested for Huntington's Disease, a genetic neurological brain disorder that destroys the victim’s ability to walk, talk, think and reason, eventually leading to premature death. The high school senior watched her mother lose an eight-year battle with the disease in January 2011; Powers has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the same fate.
The campaign will be spotlighted at IndieGoGo.com, an international crowd-funding platform. She will be hosting an online event called “$5K in a Day” on Jan. 26 to mobilize friends, family and supporters to help her reach the halfway point of her $10,000 fundraising campaign to fund the first phase of the documentary.
View Kristen's IndieGoGo page to learn more or to help.