The annual ZipperQ fundraiser is coming back to Claremore.

Fibrodysplashia Ossidicans Progressiva (FOP) research will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 in Claremore.

The fundraiser was started years ago when Claremore youth Zip Gordon was diagnosed years ago with a rare disease called Fibrodysplashia Ossidicans Progressiva (FOP).

Now in its sixth year and deemed as a BBQ “throwdown,” the event will raise funds to assist in FOP research as scientists work hard to find a cause and cure for the disease.

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is one of the rarest genetic conditions in the world. Muscles, joints, and connective tissue eventually turn to bone and lock the patient in a position it so chooses. The condition affects 1 in 2 million people, and there is currently no cure for FOP.

Since his diagnosis in July 2011, Zip’s parents Amy and Jacob Gordon, along with family, friends and community members organized the ZipperQ event.

ZipperQ 6 is a family friendly BBQ competition. With over 20 teams competing, music, and entertainment for the family it has become one of Claremore’s favorite events.

All proceeds form ZipperQ 6 go directly to the Internation FOP Association.

ZipperQ 6 will be Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Claremore Expo Center. BBQ tasting will be 4-6 p.m., auction is at 6:15 p.m., with music, food, and more scheduled.

For more information, call 918-760-0172.

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