The Huntington's Disease Society of America's (HDSA) Northeast Region will host the Team Hope Walk – Buffalo at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Niawanda Park – Ronald J Pilozzi Pavilion, 600 Niagara St., Tonawanda.
Organizers said, “It will be a day of family, food and fun for all ages, that will allow participants and supporters to come together, share stories, and learn more about Huntington's disease and the vital work being done by HDSA.
“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 $24 million for Huntington's disease 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 Huntington's disease and their families.
“Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that is described as having ALS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease all at once. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at risk of inheriting the disease.”
Melinda Jensen, HDSA’s northeast regional development officer, said, “It is inspiring to see the incredible outpouring of support our HD community receives at our Team Hope Walk event. It is a welcoming space for new HD families to find community, and all walkers leave the day with a renewed sense of motivation, determination and courage to continue the fight against HD.”