By: Jacob Peklo

ANKENY - This large NCAA basketball tournament can really get you into the spirit of hoops, whether it's watching or playing the game. 

And in light of March Madness, St. Paul's Church hosted a special Hoop-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday. It was a marathon free throw shooting competition, where people would substitute in every five minutes. 

Everyone was encouraged to give $25 to the Huntington Disease Society of America, to help with research and support. Some people went above and beyond that threshold, though.

"It feels amazing. It's great to see the community come out and support such a rare disease and to get that awareness out there," said Andrea Bauer, the chapter president of the Huntington's Disease Society of America. "And it just wams your heart and gives you goosebumps every time you see somebody come in and make that size of a donation or any donation at all."

More than 30,000 people nationwide deal with symptoms of Huntington's Disease. This is the tenth year the group has held this free throw fundraiser.