13th Basket Bash Honors Dystonia Families & Memory of Devoted Advocates

The 13th Chicago Basket Bash honored the memory of two distinguished dystonia advocates while striving to create a brighter future for every family impacted by dystonia. The event, which took place October 28 at Joe's Live Rosemont, is a charity prize raffle to raise dystonia awareness and funds for research toward a cure. The Basket Bash was started by the late Harriett Farber and her husband Joel Farber, in honor of daughter Shari Farber Tritt, who was diagnosed with generalized dystonia as a young child. The couple’s younger daughter Beth Farber and husband Steve Laser also spearhead the event. Since 2005, the family has made the Basket Bash a family tradition, cumulatively raising more than $260,000 for medical research.

Joel provided remarks as did DMRF supporter and dystonia advocate Hannah Thompson. “Beth’s sister and many others who have passed are not able to be here with us tonight, but I know that they would love the feeling in the room tonight,” said Hannah. "Hope is believing in things we cannot see. I know a cure for dystonia is on the horizon and with your dollars, my hope gets bigger and bigger. Let’s stand together tonight as one community standing strong, unwavering, and building hope that we will see a cure.”

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. Harriett Farber passed away earlier this year after prolonged illness. Harriett spent countless hours, over decades, offering encouragement to dystonia-affected families and fundraising for research toward a cure. Shari and Harriett are deeply missed by many in the dystonia community.

In addition to fundraising, the Farbers have 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

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing research for improved dystonia treatments and ultimately a cure, promoting awareness, and supporting the well-being of affected individuals and families. The DMRF can be reached at 800-377-3978 or www.dystonia-foundation.org.

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