The annual Halk Fall Festival benefiting the National MPS Society is set for Oct. 26 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Boys Girls Club of Denison, 2100 South Mirick. The event is hosted by Carla Halk in honor of her two children, Blake and Paige, who suffer from MPS 1 — "Hurler’s Syndrome" — one of many MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) disorders.

The annual Halk Fall Festival benefiting the National MPS Society is set for Oct. 26 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Boys Girls Club of Denison, 2100 South Mirick. The event is hosted by Carla Halk in honor of her two children, Blake and Paige, who suffer from MPS 1 — "Hurler’s Syndrome" — one of many MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) disorders.


Festival activities will include a bounce house, haunted house, face painting, costume contest, coloring contest, carnival games, food, a silent auction, raffle and more. There will be two performers this year — Sean Franks and the Tyler Rogers Band.


MPS disorders are genetic disorders that cause cells to perform improperly, resulting in progressive damage throughout the body. These disorders are rarely apparent at birth, but the signs and symptoms develop with age as more cells become damaged. As the damaged cells accumulate in the body, the body and organs begins to slowly shut down, eventually leading to a premature death. At this time, there is no cure. Blake Halk who is 17 and Paige Halk who is 15 represent children in many communities who suffer from this deadly disorder. More information on the disorder is available online at www.mpssociety.org.


The National MPS Society is a non-profit organization searching for cures for MPs-related disorders. It also offers hope and support for individuals and families affected by the disorder. All money raised at the local event will go to the society.


Persons wishing to make a donation to the MPS Society but unable to attend the festival can do to by making checks payable to the National MPS Society — TIN: 11-2734849 and mailing the check to Carla C. halk, 4812 Timberview Drive, Apartment D, Sherman, TX 75090.


For information on the festival, contact Halk at 903-893-0674 or 903-271-2009.