LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - About 1,300 people in Wisconsin are affected by muscular Dystrophy, a rare disease causing weakness and loss of muscle mass.
Which is why three local high school students are dedicating their time to raise awareness on the disease.
For the second year in a row, the Central High School students are making a difference in La Crosse.
The seniors have been busy for the last five months organizing a 5K for Muscular Dystrophy.
After contacting local businesses and city officials, their 'Aspire To Be Epic' walk had people in the area walking for a cause.
High school seniors Hailey, Carissa and Kate are looking forward to a new chapter.
But before turning the page, they have one big goal they're trying to accomplish. And that's to make a difference in the community.
To do that, they've been hard at work to organize a 5K walk for Muscular Dystrophy. And to bring strength to a challenging disease, the students are raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
"The best part of this for me is just giving back to the kids I've personally got to meet a lot of the families that and stuff and they're so grateful and it's more than just a DECA project, it's more than just something for my school it's like a bigger thing for me," said Hailey Kirven, head coordinator of the walk and a senior at Central High School.
She said it's a disease that doesn't get enough recognition and they want to change that.
"Not a lot of people are doing things about it and so I think it's really cool to educate those who don't really know what all it entails," she said.
When it comes to spreading knowledge, the students know age is not a limit.
"Inspiring other people in the community especially people our age that oh you can actually throw like an entire 5K with like just yourself without any adults," said Carissa Goddeau, a student who also helped coordinate the walk.
Those who came to support, agree.
"It just shows what our younger generation is capable of doing, organizing this great event for the second year in a row and being able to give back to the community as high school students," said Caron Malin, a supporter of the walk.
Last year the students raised 5,000 dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and this year they're hoping to raise 10,000.
One hundred percent of the donations from the fundraiser will go to the MDA.
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