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April is National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week; organizations across the country will recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.

The mission of Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is, “Dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease (HD) and their families“.

It takes many hands to continuously fulfill HDSA’s mission and as Chair for HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, I’m honored to work by the side of many dedicated volunteers, in the San Francisco Bay Area, who work tirelessly in the fight against Huntington’s disease.

Huntington’s Disease, the cruelest disease on the planet, has NO CURE and affects families for generations.  Because it is genetic, when a child has a parent with the disease, they are “at risk” and have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the mutated huntingin gene that causes the disease. What is Huntington’s disease

We Can Never Lose HOPE….

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

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


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HDSA San Francisco Bay Area AFFILIATE, Volunteers

HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Can Use Your Expertise

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin, HD Advocate

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” –Gandhi

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our mission work at the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)Huntington’s Disease is a rare, fatal, genetic brain disorder with NO CURE.  41,000 Americans have the disease and 200,000+ live at risk.  What Is Huntington’s disease? 

Volunteers are critical in helping HDSA soar to new heights of success since its inception nearly 5 decades ago.  

  • Volunteers contribute their time, passion, and skills, while bringing invaluable enthusiasm and talent to their work at HDSA.   OR
  • Volunteers embrace HDSA’s strategic plan to help carry out our plan of work which includes coordinating nationwide fundraising events and becoming Huntington’s Disease (HD) advocates in their communities.

To review volunteer opportunities where you can use your expertise, please visit VolunteerMatch website at:   OR visit “How To Get Involved With HDSA




We Can Never Lose HOPE……


Volunteer Appreciation Week

National Volunteer Week is April 19-25 this year and it’s an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenge, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. 

I’m shouting out a Huge THANK YOU  to all the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) volunteers across the country.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you and Thank you.   

I’ve been a volunteer for the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Inc. (HDSA) for the past four (4) years and currently I serve as the Chair for the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate. To find out more about the affiliate, click here: San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate

HDSA is 90% volunteer based which is incredible with 55 Chapters/Affiliate across the U.S.  All the Chapters/Affiliates that are all managed by volunteers and each of them host a Team Hope Walk every year to raise dollars for research, to support 50 Centers of Excellence and other resources to improve the lives of everyone affected by HD and their families.  For more information on Huntington’s disease, click here:

I’m blessed to work with awesome people who are passionate about helping in the fight against Huntington’s disease in the Bay Area.  These folks, volunteers, give unselfishly of their time and energy even though they have family members struggling with Huntington’s disease (HD) and who are they themselves at risk for the disease.

We Can Never Lose HOPE……………

      Therese at the 2018 HDSA Annual Convention in LA.