Team Hope is the Huntington Disease Society of America’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, a news release says. Thousands of families, friends, coworkers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families.

HDSA’s Illinois Chapter will host the Central Illinois Team Hope Walk on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Lake Storey Park, 1572 Machen Drive,, Galesburg. The even twill begin with check-in at 9:30 a.m., and the walk at 10 a.m. Walker registration is $30. All donations go to HDSA.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Sarah Cozad at cozinn.sc@gmail.com.

What is Hutington’s Disease?

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.

Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. In less than 10% of cases, juvenile Huntington’s disease (JHD) affects children and adolescents. JHD usually has a more rapid progression rate than adult onset HD; the earlier the onset, the faster JHD progresses.

Huntington’s Disease is described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases – simultaneously. HD is characterized by a triad of symptoms, including progressive motor dysfunction, behavioral disturbance and cognitive decline.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by the disease.

To learn more about Huntington’s Disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of
America, visit here or call 1-800-345-HDSA