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Registration is FREE and takes place Sunday, October 4

Atlanta, Georgia (September 8, 2020) – The Georgia Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Georgia Team Hope Walk- Live From Your Neighborhood! on Sunday, October 4th starting at 1:00 PM. Registration will be free. 

A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get choose to your own course, you can walk in your local park, hiking trail, driveway, neighborhood, or in your house and even on treadmill. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. 

Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $14 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.  

"Now, more than ever, it is so important that we continue supporting our HD community with uninterrupted resources and services,” said Jessica King, HDSA’s Georgia Chapter President. “This convenient, safe, and socially distant event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our HD Warriors, grow awareness and raise funds to keep these vital resources available.” 

For more information about the event, please contact Laurie Travis (bltrav@bellsouth.net). Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwatlanta 

HDSA's Team Hope Walk Program is nationally sponsored by Genentech and Teva Pharmaceuticals.  

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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 & adolescents. JHD usually has a more rapid progression rate than adult onset HD; the earlier the onset, the faster JHD progresses. HD 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. 

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.HDSA.org or call (800) 345-HDSA. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Matthew Santamaria

Communications Coordinator 

(212) 242-1968 ext. 204 

msantamaria@hdsa.org