MORE THAN $64,000 RAISED AT THE TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON TO SUPPORT THE HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
New York, NY (November 10, 2021) — Eighteen runners from across the United States participated in the 50th Anniversary running of the TCS New York City Marathon and helped raise more than $64,000 to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). Randell Hansen from California was the first member of “Team HDSA” to finish the 26.2 mile marathon in with an impressive time of 3:11:07. Randell has run 48 marathons in 48 states – just two shy of completing his goal of running 50 marathons in all 50 states.
“We can’t thank our runners enough for all their hard work to not only fundraise, but also for their willingness to take on the NYC Marathon to support the fight against Huntington’s disease,” said HDSA’s President & CEO Louise Vetter. “Each step they took through the five boroughs was a tribute to the strength of the HD community and helped to raise awareness for this devastating, rare brain disease.”
HDSA’s Marathon Team included: Jana Arkow (New York), Andrew Bliss (Wisconsin), Tom Brinkmann (Missouri), Keri Clark (New York), Austin Corbett (Arizona), Samantha Cox (Illinois), MaryAnn Emerick (New York), Randell Hansen (California), Ethan Kelly (New York), Jessica Marsolek (Minnesota), Ken Nadsady (Ohio), Gail Shurlow (Michigan), Jane Sommers (Texas), Paige Stafne (Florida), Ryan Struble (New York), Aaron Tellier (New Jersey), Laurie Travis (Georgia) and Erin Tubridy (New York).
In addition to the generous donors supporting the HDSA runners, participation in the TCS New York City Marathon was made possible in part by sponsorship from Eisner Amper LLC.
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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. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying 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 & Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families.
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.