The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Funds raised go towards our three-part mission of family services, research, and education & advocacy for Huntington’s Disease.
We are a national non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for Huntington’s Disease. We provide vital support, information and educational services to improve the lives of those affected by HD, offer resources and guidance for HD families through our national network of volunteer-based chapters and affiliates as well as through our HDSA Centers of Excellence for Family Services and promote and support research to find a cure for HD.
Huntington's Disease is a progressive degenerative neurological disease that causes total physical and mental deterioration over a 12-15 year period. Every person who has HD is born healthy and lives normal lives until symptoms set in. Oftentimes symptoms don't manifest themselves until the person is middle-age, after having children and passing the gene. However, with more HD repeats in the DNA sequence, symptoms can now begin at younger and younger ages -- even in pre-teens.