Huntington’s Disease (HD) is an affliction that affects 1 out every 10,000 Americans and touches the lives of many more people who love, care for and treat HD patients. Huntington’s Disease (HD) is caused by a mutation on a chromosome which eventually leads to the death of cells in the region of the brain that controls movement and cognitive control. At later stages of HD, every individual affected by the disease requires full time care.
I am walking in memory of my Grandfather and my Aunt Donna who have lost their battle to Huntington's Disease. I'm also walking to support my mother, Linda Nehiley who is currently battling the disease as well as any future relatives that may acquire HD. Most importantly, I am walking to raise money to fund continued progress in drug therapies to delay onset and lessen symptoms that will give the next generation of HD patients more quality time and hope for the future. Every child of a HD patient has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease.
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