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Heightening Huntington’s Disease Awareness in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate is conducting a new outreach strategy in the greater San Jose area.   Huntington’s  disease (HD),  a rare,  fatal,  genetic brain  disorder,  is  not  known  by  most  people.  If  they  have  heard  of  HD,  they  don’t  know the  details  of  how  it  affects  a person  and  their  family  for  generations.  

HDSA Affiliate volunteers, Uma, David, Jay and myself are manning a table at the Campbell Farmers Market on Sundays from 9 am-1 pm spreading the word about the Cruelest Disease on the Planet; Huntington’s disease, and there is NO CURE.

41,000 American’s have the disease and approximately 200,000 live at risk of inheriting the mutated huntingtin gene that causes the disease.  Of those 41,0000 symptomatic Americans, 16% are children with Juvenile Huntington’s disease.  

By our outreach efforts, we hope to reach Bay Area folks who are struggling with HD and inform them of the services available to their family.  

We Can Never Lose HOPE…

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

Please make a donation to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) and  help us in the fight against HD.

HD Advocates

Huntington’s Disease Champions

There are many Huntington’s disease (HD) champions among us and many that are gone from our sight; some are celebrities, some everyday people who are tirelessly heightening awareness of HD.           

San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Volunteers

Some champions among us are:  Musician Kate Miner, Pitcher Joe Smith, Journalist Charles Sabine, Scientist Nancy Wexler, movie producer Chris Furbee, Dr. Ed Wild, Dr. Jeff Carroll, Coach Mark Helfrich, Health & Fitness Guru Shana Verstegen, Louise Vetter and Drummer Trey Grey. (There are others that belong on the list)     Those gone from our sight but not gone from our hearts are Woody & Marjorie Guthrie, Dr. George Huntington. 

Lora, Marcia & Cindy

My sisters-in-law, Lora, Marcia and Cindy, are my  champion’s as they are the driving force behind what I do for the Huntington’s disease community.

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. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. 

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

100% of the proceeds from my book is being donated to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).

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Grief, HD Advocates

Channel Your Grief Into Action

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin, HD Advocate

I was blessed to have worked the last 10 years of my career in a local hospice program that allowed me to truly help my neighbors. Grief, of course, was an emotion our patients experienced and part of our mission was to provide comfort to the bereaved.         

The Huntington’s disease community, unfortunately, is suffering from three types of grief: anticipatory grief, pandemic grief and grief from two promising clinical trials that were halted.

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So, let’s Channel our grief into Action! We are HD STRONG!

Each one of us can  CHANNEL our GRIEF into ACTION.  The following are suggestions of ways to get involved with the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA):

  1. HD Research Trial Finder
  2. The HD Parity Act Caucus
  3.  Get Involved with a HDSA Chapter/Affiliates
  4. Get Involved with HDSA NYA

There are other Huntington’s disease organizations you can be involved with:

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Huntingtons Disease Foundation

We Can Never Lose HOPE………….

I’m a HD advocate, Chair for HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, an author and a blogger.

Watching the Dance Huntingtons Disease

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100% of the proceeds from my book, is donated to the nonprofit, HDSA.

HD Advocates, Love

Cheers & Blessings, Trey Gray


NEW HARTFORD, NY – With more than three decades in the music business, renowned drummer, Trey Gray, is beating more than just drums, he is beating the odds. Gray found his passion for music at the tender age of five.  In his early 20s, he relocated from South Bend to Nashville to pursue a professional career as a drummer. He played in local honky-tonks before landing an audition with Faith Hill, which became a huge turning point in  his career.                     

After seven years with Hill, he began to notice changes in his body. In 2003, Gray’s life changed forever when he was diagnosed with a genetic condition known as Huntington’s Disease (HD). What is Huntington’s disease The neurological disorder, characterized by the degeneration of the brain’s nerve cells, deteriorates a person’s cognitive and physical attributes, mimicking symptoms of ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. At the time of his diagnosis 17 years ago,  Gray was given 10 to 15 years to live.

To help with awareness and funds to fight Huntington’s disease, Trey recently started TheTreyGrayFoundation

To read a full article on Trey and watch the newscast video, visit:  Trey Gray-drummer-to-the-stars-diagnosed-with-genetic-disease


We Can Never Lose HOPE……

For information on Huntington’s Disease, visit

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Trey Gray An Inspiration

The following Article was written March 2020 before the Pandemic.

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

“Trey Gray is on tour right now with some of the biggest names in country music. His personal struggles with a debilitating disease are also taking up a lot of his time.

He suffers from Huntington’s Disease . He was diagnosed back in 2003. From the onset of symptoms, the life expectancy of Huntington’s is about 10 to 15 years. It’s been 17 years since Gray started having symptoms. It’s why Gray is enjoying doing what he loves and spreading awareness about his challenges.”
To watch Trey’s video, Beating the Odds of Huntington’s Disease, click here:

Trey has four (4) children who are at risk for the mutated huntingtin gene.  He was instrumental in creating the Huntington’s Disease Foundation  another Huntington’s disease organization raising awareness, supporting families, funding research and finding a cure.

Trey wrote a blurb after reading my book, Watching Their Dance, and it appears on the back cover above Kate Miner’s blurb.  

We Can Never Lose HOPE….

I’m an Huntington’s disease advocate, Chair for the HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, author and a blogger.  Visit my  Author/HD Advocate Website

Please donate to the nonprofit, Huntington’sDisease Society of America, and help us eradicate this incurable brain disorder.



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Huntington’s Disease and Kate Miner

Kate Miner and her family are very involved in the fight against Huntington’s Disease (HD).  Kate, an actress, musician, singer, Huntington’s Disease (HD) advocate, mother and star of the sitcom, ShamelessMore on Tumblr about Kate and Shameless

Her sister, Jenne Coler-Dark is gene positive for Huntington’s Disease and has two children at risk.  She found out HD was in her family in 2014 and has been working to advocate for patients, and raise funds for HDSA ever since.

In 2016, Jenne along with her family hosted the Freeze HD event in Los Angeles.  She continues to participate in the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) annual Freeze  HD Event, along with other HD volunteer engagements with HDdenNoMore, and CHDI Foundation  .   Jenne is on the Board of Trustees for the nonprofit, HDSA.


We Can Never Lose HOPE…………..

I’m a HD advocate, Chair for the HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, a blogger and the author of Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s.  amazonWatching-Their-Dance-Marrying-Huntingtons Watching the Dance Huntingtons Disease

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

HD Advocates

HDSA Pacific Region Throws Down the Gauntlet

Anita Dominguez and Denny Cone, HDSA Pacific Regional Officer and Staff, have thrown down the gauntlet challenging Chapters/Affiliates, in the region, to see who can recruit the highest number of new volunteers in six weeks beginning January 18th, 2021.

The challenge for a Recruitment Blitz may be focused on one specific volunteer need for Teams, Sponsors or Participants or it could be all encompassing to recruit for all areas of Team Hope Walk.  Recruitment for volunteers to work on Committees and to fill board positions are also important to the Chapters/Affiliates. About the Pacific Region

The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate team members accept the challenge and are busy planning the strategies to win this challenge!  In California, the SF Affiliate extends from Santa Rosa to Gilroy, including the city of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Bay Area, please visit

The following is a list of the Chapter/Affiliates that will be competing against one another.

  • Arizona Chapter
  • Las Vegas Affiliate
  • Los Angeles Chapter
  • Northern California Chapter
  • Orange County Chapter
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • San Diego Chapter
  • San Francisco Affiliate
  • Southern Idaho Affiliate
  • Utah Chapter
  • Washington State Chapter

We Can Never Lose HOPE….

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

I’m an Huntington’s disease advocate, Chair for the HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, author and a blogger.  Visit my  Author/HD Advocate Website

HD Advocates, HDSA San Francisco Bay Area AFFILIATE

HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Celebrates One Year

The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, one of the 55 Chapters/Affiliates across the U.S., of the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America,  is celebrating its first year of operation.  Despite the pandemic, team members shifted to zoom monthly meetings, virtual events and have developed a Strategic Plan for 2021 to help in the fight against Huntington’s disease, provide Education Days at Stanford & UCSF Center of Excellence, organize outreach projects so HD families can find services to help their family.   

I’m Therese Crutcher-Marin, the Chair for the Affiliate.  Amy Fedele 

HD Advocate Amy Fedele

is co-chair and Cole Holderman is secretary. 

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, the first Affiliate meeting was held at UCSF with 22 attending from Genetech, HOPES, community folks, UCSF & Stanford Centers of Excellence, and HDSA social workers/staff.  

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin, HD Advocate

I want to thank everyone involved in the Affiliate in 2020 for their time and dedication and I’m excited to kickoff 2021 at our first meeting on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  At this first meeting of the year, we’ll be discussing the strategies to implement the 2021 Strategic Plan to outreach to the HD community in the Bay Area.  

We Can Never Lose HOPE………

Visit my My Author Website and check out my nonfiction  book,  Watching Their Dance.


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Kate Miner-An Advocate for Huntington’s Disease

Kate Miner is a champion for Huntington’s disease and an amazing multi-talented woman.

On December 9, 2020, TVOM, an entertainment online magazine, wrote a story about her:

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kate Miner”

Here’s one of the 10:

8. Huntington’s Disease Runs In Her Family

“No matter how healthy of a lifestyle you try to lead, there will always be things that are out of your control due to genetics. A few years ago, Kate found out that Huntington’s Disease runs in her family. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Huntington’s disease is a rare, inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington’s disease has a broad impact on a person’s functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking (cognitive) and psychiatric disorders.” Kate tested negative for the gene that carries the disease, but her sisters tested positive.”    To read the full article on Kate, visit:    

Kate at a HDSA Convention with Michael Miller

Kate is a multi-talented woman; she’s a musician, singer, actress and Huntington’s disease advocate.Kate organizes the HD FREEZE Gala every year in Los Angeles that supports the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America.  Her celebrity friends attend and are very generous. In 2020, the event raised over $200,000.00, even with the pandemic raging.  In 2019, HD FREEZE raised  $420,000.00.

2020 HD Freeze             2019 HD FREEZE

We Can Never Lose HOPE………….

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Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month-Drummer Trey Gray

Sixteen (16) years ago, Trey Gray was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (HD) and given 10-15 years to live. He feels that his work as a professional drummer has helped him fight the disease. Visit for information on HD.  

“I’m definitely beating the odds. And that’s a good thing,” he shares. “I want to be there for people to say, ‘You can do this. You can have an okay life!'”  

There are hero’s in our world and Trey is one that the Huntington’s disease (HD) community embraces with love.  To watch the Trey’s video, “Beating the Odds of Huntington’s Disease”, visit:  Trey’s video

Bio on Trey: Trey Gray was born in Indianapolis, IN, USA as George Lewis Gray, III to his father, George and mother, Cindy. His passion for drums started at the early age of 6 and it was then that he knew his destiny. Gray had his share of rough starts yet always stayed focus on what he loved the most.

We Can Never Lose HOPE……….   

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin