Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Run to Rid Huntington's

Do you know what Huntington's Disease is?

I didn't either.
Huntington's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that causes certain nerve cells in your brain to waste away. As a result, you may experience uncontrolled movements, emotional disturbances and mental deterioration.


Huntington's disease is an inherited disease. Signs and symptoms usually develop in middle age. Younger people with Huntington's disease often have a more severe case, and their symptoms may progress more quickly. Rarely, children may develop Huntington's disease.  - Mayo Clinic

What are the chances of someone having it?  In the United States alone, about 30,000 people have Huntington's disease; estimates of its prevalence are about 1 in every 10,000 people. (citing)  It's not widely known, but it can be highly inhibiting to those with the disorder.
 
Greg and Kelly Mansfield have hit the lottery when it comes to HD; they each have a grandparent who have lately discovered that they have it.  That's like a 1 in a million chance.
 
In an effort to stop Huntington's Disease in its tracks, they have put on their running shoes to raise funds to be used to study and to find a cure for it fast.  The Minnesota chapter's Run to Rid Huntington's 5K was held in Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul, MN on September 12, 2009.  Greg and Kelly raised $500 during this run for research and prevention.

The Minnesota chapter was named national chapter of the year in 2009 in the effort to rid the world of Huntington’s.

To learn more about how you can join in the fight against Huntington's Disease, visit Huntington's Disease Society of America.

~Your City Wide Team