Connect with our local chapter:
Takes place Sunday, August 15th at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 

Cleveland, Ohio (June 18, 2021) – The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Cleveland Team Hope Walk & 5K Run on Sunday, August 15th at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. 
  • Registration starts: 7:00 AM 
  • 5K Run Starts: 8:30 AM 
  • Fun Walk Starts: 9:00 AM 
“After all the stresses and uncertainty of the last year due to the COVID19 pandemic, getting out of the house with family and friends to support HDSA will be a joyous experience,” said Curtis Newton, Event Coordinator. “The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is always a great place for a family outing." 

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.  

For more information about the event, please contact Curtis Newton (curtis@newton-apple.com, 216-440-1880). Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwcleveland   

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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