Team Hope Walk set for Oct. 9 at EHS



ELLSWORTH — The Maine affiliate of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Maine Team Hope Walk on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. at Ellsworth High School. Registration and pre-walk activities start at 9:30. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease and their families.

“Getting together at Team Hope lets us really see and feel how family is everything,” said Nancy Patterson, HDSA’s Maine affiliate chairperson. “We can celebrate how much we mean to each other, give and receive both hugs and support, and become even more hopeful that someday there will be a world without HD. There is nothing like the excitement and comfort we get from being together.”

Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $20 million since its inception in 2007. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease and their families.

For more information about the event, contact Nancy Patterson ([email protected], 207-669-5212). Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwmaine.

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 during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with Huntington’s disease has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of HD are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s — simultaneously.

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.

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