Virtual walk for Huntington’s research planned



ELLSWORTH — Team Hope, Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, will host a virtual walk Sunday, Oct. 4.

Participants will choose and complete their own course — be it through a neighborhood or on a treadmill. The goal is to raise money and awareness of Huntington’s, a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities, usually during their prime working years, and has no cure. Some describe the disease as like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s simultaneously. There are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and 200,000 at risk of inheriting the disease.

Registration for the Oct. 4 event is free. Visit http://maine.hdsa.org/about/2020-maine-team-hope-walk. Each walker who raises $100 or more will receive a Team Hope T-shirt by mail after the event. All donations benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The nonprofit is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s through community services, education, advocacy and research.

For information about the local Team Hope effort, contact Nancy Patterson at 669-5212 or [email protected]

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.HDSA.org or call (800) 345-HDSA.