On Saturday, May 14, 2022, the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) was crowned champion of the inaugural Huntington’s Disease Hockey Classic where they faced off against the Huntington Society of Canada (HSC)! These two organizations work tirelessly to support Huntington’s disease families across North America and came together to raise much-needed funds & awareness in the fight against Huntington’s disease.
The puck dropped during HD Awareness Month at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, New Jersey – Home of the New Jersey Devils! This fun-filled event for the entire family included: intermission contests, entertainment, raffles, player meet & greets, special guests and much more!
In one of hockey’s most-intense rivalries, this USA vs. Canada charity hockey game featured former professional and collegiate players battling it out for bragging rights – all for an incredible cause. Team HDSA was led by Stanley Cup Champion and Huntington’s disease advocate Jake Dowell. Click here to watch Jake’s powerful HD story featured on ESPN’s E:60.
Other former NHL players that competed in the game included two-time Stanley Cup Champions Rob Scuderi & Colin White!
Interested in sponsoring next year’s HD Hockey Classic? Please contact Jamison Skala, HDSA’s Director of Development, at jskala@HDSA.org.
Be a part of Team HDSA by making an assist to support the fight against HD. You will help us reach our goal to raise funds that will go directly to providing much-needed resources for families impacted by Huntington’s disease throughout the United States. CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY.
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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 during their prime working years and has no cure. 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.