Registration is FREE and takes place Saturday, September 12th
Traverse City, Michigan (August 11, 2020) –
The Great Lakes Region of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) has announced that the Traverse City Team Hope Walk will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 10:00 AM. A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get to choose your own course, you can walk in your driveway, neighborhood, in your house and even on treadmill.
Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $14 million for HD since its inception in 2007. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families.
"Even though COVID-19 is on everyone's mind and negatively impacts our ability to fund raise, the need still exists,” said Betsy Chisholm, Team Hope Walk Coordinator. “Our HD families continue to suffer with this horrible disease. We are not forgetting about their needs, and that's why we are going virtual with our Team Hope Walk this year."
For more information about the event, please contact Jennifer Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org
, 231-649-1254). Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwtraversecity
HDSA's Team Hope Walk Program is nationally sponsored by Genentech and Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities usually during their prime working years and has no cure.
Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. In less than 10% of cases, juvenile Huntington’s disease (JHD) affects children & adolescents. JHD usually has a more rapid progression rate than adult onset HD; the earlier the onset, the faster JHD progresses. HD is described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases – simultaneously. HD is characterized by a triad of symptoms, including progressive motor dysfunction, behavioral disturbance and cognitive decline.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.HDSA.org or call (800) 345-HDSA.