In the United States, the Rare Diseases Act of 2002 defines rare disease strictly according to prevalence, specifically “any disease or condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States”, or about 1 in 1,500 people.
With that said, Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a rare disease since it affects approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. What-is-HD
The poster child for HD is the famous folk singer Woody Guthrie who died of complications from HD on October 3, 1967. Marjorie Guthrie was instrumental in the quest to heighten HD awareness, and also connecting with the HD families in the United States. She started, The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease (CCHD) in 1967. To read more about the CCHD, go to https://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/hdsa-history/
I’m an HD advocate, having lost my three (3) sisters-in-law to the disease. I volunteer for the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to help in the fight against this horrible disease that affects families for generations. I’m currently working with a group of HD advocates to organize a HDSA Affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area which, hopefully, in a couple of years will evolve into a HDSA SF Bay Area Chapter. https://hdsa.org/about-hdsa/chapters-affiliates/
100% of the proceeds from Therese’s book is being donated to HDSA. Since publication, Therese has donated $14,115.00. Her author website is: http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com