What is Huntington's Disease?
Formerly known as "Huntington’s Chorea," Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a hereditary, progressively degenerative brain disease. HD causes involuntary movements of the arms, legs and face that make eating, swallowing, walking and talking difficult and potentially impossible. Changes occur in thinking, judgement, and temperment. Depression is also common. HD progresses over a 10-20 year period. Each child of a parent with HD has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the gene and eventually developing the disease. Onset generally appears between ages of thirty and fifty, but there is also a Juvenile strain of HD. Although there is no cure for HD, our best and brightest scientists are working towards a cure or treatment for HD. 2003 was the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the gene that produces HD, and the 20th anniversary of finding the marker for the gene. Now those at-risk can have their blood tested, and determine whether or not they carry the HD gene. Your contribution will expedite this great scientific endeavor and help realize the vision of a world free of this uniquely devastating neurological disease. We pray that this will be the last generation to suffer with HD. Any amount of money contributed is very much appreciated!
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