Huntington’s disease (HD) is considered a rare disease because it affects 1 in 10,000 people in the U.S.
Definition: Huntington’s disease (HD) 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 during their prime working years and has no cure. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.
The gal in the top left hand corner is John’s mother and the three lovely ladies in the other picture are my sisters-in-law. They all died of complications from Huntington’s disease at young ages.
The disease affects children and adults and there is NO CURE. Juvenile Huntington’s disease, JHD, is approximately 10% of all cases.
HDSA Northern California Chapter is hosting the 10th Annual SACRAMENTO TEAM HOPE WALK on September 8th. http://northernca.hdsa.org/
Northern California Chapter FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hdsanocal/
Please support this 5K Walk along the Sacramento at the River Walk Park in West Sacramento; 651 2nd Street.
Adults-$25.00 Children-$10.00. When registering prior to the Walk, you will receive a HOPE Walk T-shirt and a free breakfast.
To register, click here: http://www.hdsa.org/thwsacramento
We Can Never Lose HOPE……