New York, NY (September 2015) – On Labor Day, CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo took the stage for “The CNN Quiz Show: TV Edition” hosted by Anderson Cooper. Despite a valiant 3rd place finish, Alisyn & Chris brought in $10,000 and an incredible amount of awareness for the charity of their choice, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Alisyn revealed on the show that her cousin’s family is affected by Huntington’s disease and HDSA is an organization very close to her heart.
“We are so thankful that Alisyn and Chris chose to represent HDSA and the families we serve on a national platform,” said HDSA CEO Louise Vetter. “The funds they raised will certainly go a long way in our mission work to improve the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease, and the much-needed awareness is truly priceless.”
Huntington’s disease 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. HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. Many describe the symptoms of HD 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 Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today, hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.
HDSA was founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Woody died from HD complications in 1967 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.
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