Team Queen Victoria, captained by Valerie Mekras with almost 30 friends and family members supporting her daughter Victoria Mekras, took part in a past Team Hope walk at Ellsworth High School. FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF NANCY PATTERSON

Team Hope Walk set for Oct. 17

ELLSWORTH — The Maine affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host a Team Hope fundraising walk at Ellsworth High School on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m.

Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s and their families.

Huntington’s disease 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 usually during their prime working years and has no cure. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. Huntington’s is described as like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases — simultaneously. It is characterized by a triad of symptoms, including progressive motor dysfunction, behavioral disturbance and cognitive decline.

In Ellsworth, the walk will have 30-minute interval registrations. All donations go toward HDSA.

For more information, 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 or call 1-800-345-HDSA.

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