Huntington's Disease has affected my family tremendously. My Grandma Yahl passed away when I was very young from HD. I never really got to know her. She was always in a nursing home of some sort. We just recently lost another loved one to HD this year. My Aunt Sue passed away on Valentine's Day morning. Aunt Sue use to watch me, my brother & sister growing up. She has 3 kids that we are all very close with and spent a lot of time together as kids. The Yahl Family gets together every year for the John Turner Huntington's Disease Walk. Please help us raise money to find a cure for Huntington's Disease.
I added a brief summary of what HD is. Huntington's disease (HD) results from genetically programmed degeneration of brain cells, called neurons, in certain areas of the brain. This degeneration causes uncontrolled movements, loss of intellectual faculties, and emotional disturbance. HD is a familial disease, passed from parent to child through a mutation in the normal gene. Each child of an HD parent has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the HD gene. If a child does not inherit the HD gene, he or she will not develop the disease and cannot pass it to subsequent generations. A person who inherits the HD gene will sooner or later develop the disease. Whether one child inherits the gene has no bearing on whether others will or will not inherit the gene. (this was taken from National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke website)
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