ATLANTA (April 23) – On Sunday, May 6th, at 6PM supporters of the Georgia Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America will host a formal dinner gala, “Celebration of Hope Gala,” at Glenridge Hall.
The event will provide support for research and the programs of patient support services for families in the State of Georgia who face the devastation of Huntington’s disease (HD) every day.
The historical Glenridge Hall will be the site of this year’s event, which kicks off with cocktails and live entertainment at 6PM, followed by dinner, awards presentation, an auction of unique local items and several surprises. This year’s honorees include Attorney Jamie L. Graham, of Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton, and the Leadership Team at the HDSA Center of Excellence for HD Research at Emory University. If you wish to make a donation to support the fight against Huntington’s disease or purchase tickets, you may do so by visiting www.hdsa.org/ga, or by contacting Event Chairperson, Eva Duvall, (770) 312-3641, or the HDSA-GA Chapter President, Bill Kline, (706) 484-9728.
“Events such as the Celebration of Hope, are extremely important to the Huntington’s community,” said Louise Vetter, CEO of HDSA. “In addition to raising funds that support our programs of research, care, education and advocacy, they help build awareness of Huntington’s disease, and the work being done on behalf of the families in the local area.”
For more information on this event, please contact Edwina Simms, HDSA Southeast Regional Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or (407) 507-3831.
Huntington’s disease (is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period. Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care.
More than 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with HD and 250,000 are at-risk. Each of their siblings and children has a 50 percent risk of developing the disease. Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals, research has yet to find a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression of HD. The first therapy approved by the FDA specifically for Huntington’s disease (HD) was released only four years ago.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, wife of folk legend Woody Guthrie who lost his battle with HD, the Society works tirelessly to provide the family services, education, advocacy and research to provide help for today, hope for tomorrow to the more than 30,000 people diagnosed with HD in the United States. The Society is comprised of 45 local chapters and affiliates across the country with its headquarters in New York City. To learn more about Huntington’s Disease and to get involved in HDSA, please visit www.hdsa.org or call 1-800-345-HDSA.
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