On Wednesday, May 26th during Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month, the stars and creative forces behind the hit show Ginny & Georgia came together to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).
Brianne Howey (Georgia), Antonia Gentry (Ginny), Felix Mallard (Marcus), Sara Waisglass (Max), Diesel La Torraca (Austin), Jennifer Robertson (Ellen), and Raymond Ablack (Joe), as well as creator Sarah Lampert and showrunner Debra Fisher gathered for a fun evening where they took fans through the making of this popular show and what everyone has been up to since finishing Season 1. Moderated, by Scott Porter (Paul) the Mayor himself, immediately following the Reunion, the panel held an exclusive fan Q&A.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GINNY & GEORGIA AND HD?
Wellsbury’s own Mayor Paul Randolph, Scott Porter, has Huntington’s disease in his family. Both his Wife and Mother-In-Law have the Huntington gene. The Porter family has made raising awareness of Huntington’s disease and raising funds for the HDSA a focal point of their lives, and luckily the Ginny & Georgia family has bravely taken up the call to join them on this journey.
WHAT IS HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE?
Huntington’s disease (HD) 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 usually 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 inheriting the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.
The symptoms of HD are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease please visit www.HDSA.org.
DONATE TO HDSA!
Can’t attend the Fan Q&A but you still want to donate? The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is the premiere non-profit 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 HD and their families. With your support, HDSA is able to provide the resources that HD families need. Every dollar helps, so give if you can.