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Beer Release to Raise Funds for Rare Condition

An Elizabethtown brewpub is releasing a new beer to raise money for a rare condition that one of its regular patrons has. Arthrogryposis Awareness Day is being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Moo-Duck Brewery, 79 S. Wilson Ave. Elizabethtown. The brewery will be releasing Crooked Broad, an Earl Grey Blueberry Cream Ale to help raise money for Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. The condition known as AMC, or simply arthrogryposis, describes congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body.

Regular Moo-Duck patron Ashley Martin, who has AMC, will describe the condition (including why she drinks beer with a straw), and how the public can get involved in making the community more aware of this rare disorder. Those attending are asked to wear blue in support.

The word arthrogryposis (“arthro,” from Greek meaning joint, “gryp” meaning curved, “posis” meaning fixed) refers to a curved joints or joints in a fixed position. Thus, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita means curved or crooked (hence the beer name) joints in many (Multiplex) areas of the body, which are present at birth (Congenita). A contracture is the limitation of movement of a specific joint, in other words, a joint that does not have a full range of movement. The contractures in most forms of Arthrogryposis are usually nonprogressive and involve more than one area of the body. The word congenital simply means that the contractures are present at birth; that is, they have occurred or been produced during embryonic development.

Musical guest Matt Wheeler will be in the taproom as well for the awareness day.

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