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Halloween & Hounds 4 Huntington’s Event


                                             It’s Halloween Time!

This Saturday, October 26th, bring the family and your pooch dressed up in Halloween Costumes and participate in the

   Hounds 4 Huntington’s Dog Costume Walk 

Where:  Shollenberger Park in Petaluma. See link for directions cityofpetalumashollenberger

Time:  The Walk starts at 9 a.m. along the beautiful 2-mile loop that walks out by the Petaluma River.  (It is wheelchair accessible)

Why:  To help in the fight against Huntington’s disease; a rare, genetic brain disorder with NO CURE.

Dress your pooch(s) in costume and enter them in contests for best dog costume, biggest dog, smallest dog!

We have great raffle prizes for kids and wine prizes for adults.

Registration:  Walk Up Registration $25 for 1st dog & $10 for each additional dog.

Or register online:




San Jose Huntington’s Disease 5K Walk & 10K Run Was A Success!

On Saturday, June 22nd, at the Campbell Park in the San Jose area, the 1st Huntington’s Walk/Run was held on the beautiful Los Gatos Creek Trail.  The event raised approximately $13,000.00.

The 10K Runners took off at 9 a.m. and the 5K Walkers at 9:15 a.m.

The results from the 10K Run.                              


This will be an Annual Event every June.  Once we have secured the 2020 date with the City of Campbell we will begin publicizing it!

The San Jose Team Hope committee thanks all the sponsors and all the folks for coming out and helping in the fight against Huntington’s disease (HD).  HD is a rare, fatal, genetic brain disorder that has the symptoms of ALS, Alzheimers, and Parkinson’s at the same time.  And there is NO CURE.

If you were unable to attend, you can still donate to the event at:

We Can Never Lose HOPE……….

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin





Attention All Runners in the San Francisco Bay Area!

The 1st Team Hope 5K Walk & 10K Timed Run is this Saturday, June 22nd.

           It’s not too late.  You can walk up and register

                                     the morning of the event!



Where:  Campbell Park, E. Campbell Avenue & Gillman Avenue, Campbell CA.

Time:  Check-in: 8 am

Race Time:  Runners-9am & Walkers 9:15 am

Cost:  Runners-$60      Walkers-$25       Children under 12-$10

Why:  You will be helping in the fight against Huntington’s disease that has NO CURE. This is a fundraiser for the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, whose mission is to help everyone affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their family. what is HD?

Contact:  Therese Crutcher-Marin 530 906-8415

After Event at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery.  Rock Bottom will donate 10% of all Sales that day to HDSA.  Come and have lunch!!  Tell your server you are there for Huntington’s disease.


We Can Never Lose HOPE……………….


Fundraising, HD Advocates

Trey Gray-Drumming Up Huntington’s Disease Awareness

Trey Gray, a famous drummer, and his friends held a special evening at the Vegetable Buddies establishment in South Bend Indiana last October.  The band hosted a concert, and because of his notoriety, Trey raised $50,000.00. These dollars are  being donated to the nonprofit Trey started in 2015, the Huntington’s Disease Foundation.

The Huntington’s Disease Foundation was founded in 2015 by co-founders Trey Gray, Doug Michael and Anett Pappas. The Foundation is recognized and registered in Texas as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity.   The Huntingtons Disease Foundation

To watch the television news report regarding Trey’s concert, please click on link below:

We Can Never Lose HOPE….

Trey wrote a book jacket comment that appears on the back cover of Watching Their Dance.  100% of the profits are being donated to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, HDSA.  

The book is available on Therese’s author website & many book websites like Amazon

Family, Fundraising

HDSA Sacramento Team HOPE Walk

A heartwarming story about Natalya Gonzalez, whose family struggles with Huntington’s disease. The family lives in the County of Yolo, a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of California.

“A typical day for Natalya Gonzalez involves far more responsibilities and challenges than those of an average sixth-grader. The Yolo Middle School student balances schoolwork with family responsibilities as she pitches in at home to help her mother care for her father and an older sister, who both suffer from Huntington’s Disease, a debilitating genetic disorder.” Full article:  Yolo Student Thrives Despite Challenges

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America Northern California Chapter is organizing a Sacramento Team HOPE Walk to help families, like the Gonzalez’s.  Come out and walk on Saturday, Sept. 8th, at the River Walk Park in West Sacramento.  To sign up or donate to the event, go to 

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We Can Never Lose HOPE….


Sacramento Team HOPE Walk-Sept. 8

We are getting close to the Sacramento Team Hope Walk.  Create your own Team and help the Northern California Chapter fundraise to continue supporting the four (4) Center of Excellences in Northern California, and the seven (7) Huntington’s Disease Support Group Facilitators.

Sign up here to participate:


UC Davis Medical Center-Sacramento,


UCSF Medical Center

Stanford  Health Care-Bay Area

We Can Never Lose HOPE……………

Sponsor of Hope Walk

Fundraising, Helping Others

Volunteer at the Nonprofit, HDSA Northern California Chapter

If you are interested in volunteering for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Northern California Chapter, there are many opportunities where you can help.

Here are a few ways you can contribute to improving the lives of  individuals and families affected by Huntington’s disease (HD):

* Participate in the planning and execution of Chapter events: Annual Team Hope Walk, annual Chapter Convention, and Kaiser Permanente Education Days
* Provide transportation to HD families
* Provide light housekeeping/childcare for HD families                                                                          *Participate in clinical trials and observational studies
* Make phone calls to donors to thank them for their contribution
* Serve on the HDSA Northern California Chapter Board of Directors                                                                      *Post on NorCal Chapter social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram                                                    *Assist with marketing/publicity/outreach  


We Can Never Lose HOPE…………….

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

Therese has been a member of the HDSA Northern California Chapter Board of Directors since January 2017.  She will be president of the Chapter in 2020.


Heartfelt Donation to Fight Huntington’s Disease

John and I are so excited to share the good news. The nonfiction book I published in April, 2017, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, has generated a profit of $9,015.00 that we donated to Huntington’s Disease Society of America    to help in the fight against the cruelest disease on the planet; Huntington’s disease.

This is a video John and made in celebration!     

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website    & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

100% of the proceeds from Therese’s book is being donated to HD organizations around the world.

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2017 HDSA NYC Team Marathon

I’m going to digress just a bit and reminisce about the 2016 NYC Marathon.  Vanessa and Fran were on the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Team last year and we were their biggest fans, rooting them on.

Keith, Fran, John and I flew to NY together on Thursday and Vanessa, Scott, Jim, Dawn, Scott’s parents arrived Friday.  HDSA staff threw a Kickoff party for all the participants and it was a lot of fun. I’m in the picture with Chris Cosentino, Director of Communications and Marketing at the party. He’s my contact at HDSA National for promoting my book, Watching Their Dance.

The marathon was held on Sunday, November 4, 2016 with 50,000 runners having to take a ferry to get to the starting line.  The day was perfect, weather a mild 73 degrees, a temperature runners love. The girls told us when they were done, that there was constant cheering on the whole route.  Because of the enthusiasm of the crowd, they were pumped up, cutting 10 minutes off their last marathon time. Keith, our mountain biker still at age 33, rented a bike and followed them.  

This year, the marathon will be run on November 5th, and there are 24 athletes on the HDSA team. Here is the link see who is on the team this year.   

The 2017 HDSA Team, the marathon is Nov. 5, has raised over $132,700.00 surpassing their goal of $100,000.00. This is an awesome fundraiser and HDSA is not the only charity that participates.  There are more than 350 Official Charity Partners of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle,Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

In the U.S.,100% of the proceeds from the book is being donated to HDSA.

We can never lose HOPE…………Therese




Huntington’s Disease Fundraisers

Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) fundraisers are going on all across the United States. Find one near you and support a great cause and help to eradicate the cruelest disease on the planet, Huntington’s disease.

Please go to the following website to see all the HDSA Upcoming Fundraising Events:

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.

I’ve listed some of the Huntington’s disease organizations that also hold fundraisers in the United States.

We can never lose HOPE……………….Therese

Watching the Dance Huntingtons DiseaseTherese is donating 100% of the proceeds from her nonfiction/memoir book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, to HDSA.

You can find the book on:

Therese’s author website 





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