Annual Chicago Basket Bash Raises $100K+ Toward Dystonia Cure

(And the Cubs Win Game 5!)


Sunday, October 30 was a nail-biter of a day in Chicago as the Cubs hosted Cleveland for Game 5 of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. Amid the palpable excitement in the city, hundreds of prize baskets were raffled at the lively 11th Annual Chicago Basket Bash to raise funds in support of the DMRF’s mission to cure dystonia. The event’s schedule was altered just slightly so fans could catch the game and watch with relief as the Cubs won by a run. Beth Farber, husband Steve Laser, and parents Joel and Harriett Farber organize the Basket Bash in honor and memory of sister and daughter Shari Farber Tritt who developed dystonia at age eight. Since 2005, the family has made the Basket Bash a family tradition, raising over $100,000 for medical research. DMRF Douglas Kramer Young Advocate Award recipient Hannah Thompson was a guest presenter. Click here to read Hannah's remarks. Sponsors include Allergan, Merz, and DDK Kitchen Design Group.

The Farbers have also volunteered on behalf of the DMRF by providing support to affected individuals and families, speaking at DMRF events, and traveling to Washington, DC to educate Members of Congress on the needs of the dystonia community. Beth was a guest speaker at this summer’s Dystonia Family Symposium. The Farbers persevered alongside Shari through several misdiagnoses, multiple brain surgeries, and ultimately an accident that caused Shari to pass away unexpectedly in 2010 at age 45. Shari had become a well-known and beloved personality in the dystonia community after appearing in the 2006 documentary film, Twisted.

The Farbers, like so many extraordinary families that support the DMRF, are committed unconditionally to finding a cure. In the meantime, they continue to celebrate Shari’s life and legacy by volunteering year round on behalf of the greater dystonia community.

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