Huntington's Disease Society of America-
9th Annual Event
SUNDAY MAY 19, 2013
We walk, rain or shine!
Registration starts @ 9 AM
Walk Begins @ 10:00 AM
This year's location is still to be determined....stay tuned!
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What is Huntington's Disease?
The young person pictured above is balanced on a fence, much like a person at risk for HD balances life on a tightrope. A
person at risk for HD has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the defective HD gene and losing his/her footing on the genetic tightrope
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a devastating,
hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which,
presently, there is no treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and
reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period.
Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. More than 30,000 people in the United
States are currently diagnosed with HD. Each of their siblings and children has
a 50 percent risk of developing the disease. Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals,
research has yet to find a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression of HD.
If you need more information about Huntington's
Disease and/or services available to you, please contact: The Illinois Chapter of HDSA at 630-443-9876.
For more information about the Walk Please contact Dave Hodgson, Walk Co-Chairman