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Takes place Saturday, May 22nd

Springfield, MA (March 23, 2021) – The Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Springfield Virtual Team Hope Walk on Saturday, May 22nd at 10:00 AM (EST). A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: choose your own course, you can walk in your in your house, driveway, neighborhood, local park, hike trail, 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. 

“We welcome families, friends and anyone who would like to come out to support a walk in the fight against HD,” said Kinser Cancelmo, Event Coordinator. “We encourage all those that can, to donate and/or walk with us in spirit or in person, in memory of those family members that we have lost, and in honor of those who are fighting this debilitating disease. We look forward to when we can all come together again for this great cause.” 

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 Kinser Cancelmo (kcancelm@springfieldcollege.edu, 413-265-5176). Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwspringfield 

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

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Huntington’s disease (HD) 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. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of HD 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. HDSA was founded in 1967 by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Woody died from HD complications when he was only 55 years old, but the Guthrie family legacy lives on at HDSA to this day.

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