Therese Crutcher-Marin’s passion is to help others and a 20 year career in healthcare afforded her that opportunity; her last ten years were in hospice care. Through the years she listened to her patients stories and was compelled to share her powerful, heartfelt love story that challenged, inspired and ultimately lead to her survival. Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, A Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, validates her belief that mindfulness, living in the moment, allows us to fully experience our life.
Therese was not a risk taker, never coloring outside the lines, but when she took a leap of faith, the biggest gamble of her life, she learned to love deeply and unconditionally. Her motto, “tomorrow is not promised to anyone”, is forever etched in her mind.
Therese and her husband, John, are donating 100% of the proceeds from the book to Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). This is their way to help fight Huntington’s disease, heighten HD awareness and support families challenged with the disease. In December 2017, they donated $9,015.00 to HDSA which was the profit from 2017 book sales.
Therese lives in Northern California with her husband, John, the surviving sibling of a family devastated by Huntington’s disease. Both are retired and give their time to local non-profits and issues close to their heart, i.e. homelessness, Placer Land Trust, Arts Council of Placer County, Huntington’s disease. Therese is on HDSA Northern California Chapter Board of Directors.
Watching Their Dance has sold over 2,000 worldwide. During the summer of 2017, Therese took a Midwest Book Tour with John in their RV and attended 11 HDSA Team Hope Walks and other scheduled book signing events. Therese held a book discussion at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa Oklahoma and attended the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Woody’s hometown of Okemah Oklahoma.