Fox61 interviews Sue and James McGann about Connecticut Team Hope Walk
The annual Connecticut Team Hope Walk will take place on Sunday May 19th from 9AM-1PM at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, Connecticut. This year’s walk is sponsored nationally by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Genentech and locally by Hartford Heathcare Ayer Neuroscience Institute Chase Family Movement Disorder Center, Nextstep Healthcare, BestLogic Staffing, and the Nixon, Lloyd and Webman families.
Join Fox61 News Anchor Tim Lammers and other community friends as all proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. A minimum of $25 in sponsorship will allow each person a walk t-shirt, food, children’s activities and entertainment. There will be many raffle and auction items such as tickets to local concerts. Dogs on leash are welcome. Fishing is allowed in the trout stocked pond. Just bring your license. The Chapter is asking for support from the community to become an in-kind sponsor, form a team, walk as an individual, donate products or volunteer to coordinate the event activities.
“It is a feel-good family-friendly event where everyone has fun as well as raising awareness and helping to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Huntington’s,” said Chapter President Sue McGann. “Anyone who has attended before looks forward to attending the next one.”
The Team Hope Walk is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in more than 100 cities across the U.S and has raised over $12 million for HD 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 HD and their families.
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. Each 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 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of Huntington’s disease are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.HDSA.org or call 1(800)345-HDSA.