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Huntington's Disease Society of America, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Health, Health Care

Mission: The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. The Society works tirelessly to provide the family services, education, advocacy and research to provide help for today, hope for tomorrow to the more than 30,000 people diagnosed with HD and the 200,000 at-risk in the United States.

Target demographics: everyone affected by HD and their families.

Geographic areas served: all of the United Stated

Programs: Research - supplies research as advised by its medical & scientific affairs committee. The research projects are involved in finding cures and treatments for huntington's disease.

patient and family services - provides counseling and referral services to patients with huntington's disease and their families.

chapter development - provides workshops, seminars, and symposiums on huntington's disease through a network of chapter affiliates and branches throughout the united states.

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Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mary462

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love that they have outreach for young people affected by the condition. I found several other people that were also taking care of their dying parents all while facing the possibility of their own diagnosis. It helped me not to feel so alone, which is invaluable.

1 Gia_

Client Served

Rating: 5

The HDSA has changed my life in so many ways. I have been introduced to other great HD organizations through them. I have new found family because of the HD community and all that the HDSA has done for us over the years and I have gained SO much knowledge. Without the HDSA, I would never have found all the love and support I needed to get through the hardships of this disease.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know where I would be without HDSA, they've educated me and at the same time helped me move forward in my time of need.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

At a time in my life, when all seemed hopeless in getting the necessary help for my loved one who is suffering from HD, HDSA was there.
I was at the end of rope, I called HDSA, and started crying on the phone trying to get answers on what to do, where do go from here, and all my questions were not only answered, I was comforted by a wonderful woman. She was reassuring that I wouldn't have to do this alone, HDSA would guide and help me with all our needs.
They were more than just words, HDSA provided me with all the resources I needed.
Without their help, I don't know where my family would be now.
My heartfelt thanks are with all the wonderful people at HDSA. During the hardest time of my life, HDSA helped ease my burden and was there for me.
I am forever grateful to all the wonderful, compassionate, and helpful people that are the HDSA! Thank you for all you do for people with HD and their families!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended education days in my state and i am so grateful for HDSA bringing awareness to people in my community. I have been able to connect with other family members.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for all that you do for our family, we appreciate all of your help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have called the help line to receive information and they have been very knowledgeable. Thank you for all of your help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Huntington's Disease is by far the cruelest disease to date. Having said this, having the support of the HDSA is crucial for families on so many levels. THis agency has helped with setting up Doctors appointments, it aids in funding Research , offers support groups in states and cities around the country and gives families HOPE which is all we have right now. HOPE for a future with no Huntington's and a chance for those children at risk to breathe and look forward to their future. I have lost my husband to HD and my 21 year son is symptomatic. Without HDSA I would be lost. Definately the #1 Non Profit around.

1 Claudia J Wilde

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has HD. We have been supported, informed, inspired and been given hope through the Huntington's Disease Society of America. This disease is not as wide spread and widely known as many are, therefore, those of us who have this disease are often at a loss. We are given great hope from HDSA, because of the tireless work they do for fund raising and research to find a cure. HDSA has been working tirelessly for decades to find a cure, and they have done this without the huge public awareness and financial donations many diseases get. As a result of the research they have done, many breakthroughs for other diseases have been found and shared by HDSA. The HD community is a very special community, as we have become very proactive in creating many local fundraising events across the country and around the world to support the continued research for a cure. We are very committed to supporting each other to help us live day to day with this disease.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband had HD and passed away in January. Our oldest daughter has HD. We have a long history of this disease in our family. HDSA is providing support, research for a cure, hope, knowledge, and understanding for the families living with this disease. Without HDSA and their affiliated local chapters we would be adrift and lost. The support, knowledge and doctors that give us the strength to go on day to day is invaluable.to us. The research that HDSA not only is finding information to help HD persons, but has also helped other diseases like alzheimers, parkinsons and more. I can think of no other organization that have members like HDSA who personally develope fund raisers and contribute their time, money and support as the HD families do. When we first became aware of this disease in our family, we had no information, support, or doctors who knew about HD and we were filled with fear. Now we have the tools, knowledge and support to help us along this tragic road that is Huntingtons.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has a history with this devastating disease. Huntington's Disease Society of America has been a godsend. They not only help support, but educate as well. I have used numerous resources provide by HDSA. I truly don't know what I would do without this organization. Thank you to everyone @ HDSA!

Karen291

Client Served

Rating: 5

The service is great for families and patients alike. No matter what question you ask, or what service you need, the agency employees are there to work tirelessly to give you an answer or point you in the right direction for immediate help. Donations are accepted with great gratitude and receipts are issued without fail. Highly recommended for families, caregivers, etc. Whenever I have visited the office, the staff is courteous and helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit is an incredible source for all things Huntington's Disease.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered that my husband had HD five yrs ago . I went to the HDSA web site and was very pleased with all the info I discovered. I have been going to a HD support group ever since. Without having all the info and support that HDSA has to offer I would be more lost.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease at age 73 three years ago, and now his sister, nephew, daughter have all been identified as carrying the gene expansion. We have benefited greatly from the educational materials, conferences, and support of HDSA. The amount and depth of information created for the general public just isn't available anywhere else. While a cure, or even a stabilizing therapy has not been identified, as soon as it is, HDSA will let us know. Thanks for all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Members of my family have been affected by Huntington's Disease. It is a scary disease with no cure. There is a 50% chace that my sister and I also carry the gene. This organization has been a wonderful resource to our family and friends for the past 12 years. Not only do they provide up to date information, they provide resources for family, friends and care givers. My family is involved in the local support group and participates in the yearly walk to raise money for further research. We appreicate all that this group has to offer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was diagnosed with Huntington's disease in 2006. He applied for Social Security disability and was denied. I contacted HDSA in the hopes that they could help. Jane Kogan returned my email within 24 hours with contact information to assist me. The person she referred me to was the FIRST and only person to explain to me the reason for my husband's denial. For over 4 years we were lead to believe my husband would receive disability. HDSA has the right people working for them and with them. They understand the emotional toll this disease takes on the entire family affected by HD. Their tireless effort to bring this devastating disease to the forefront of everyone in America is to be commended and rewarded. Trying to get legislation passed in Congress is a daunting feat in the current political climate, but HDSA has accomplished this! If that doesn't deserve recognization, nothing does!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The national organization has been very helpful in providing information and support to HD families, and in providing funds for research on treatments for HD. The Arizona Chapter has organized several retreats in Prescott that have been wonderful experiences, giving HD families from all over Arizona a chance to get together. Our Tucson HD support group is an important resource for us, providing counseling and activities throughout the year. We look forward to our monthly meetings and have enjoyed participating in local fund raising activites. The counselor who runs our meetings, Joan Jervis, visits my wife frequently at home and raises her spirits every time.

Peggy P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

when the disease was first discovered in the family, no support systems existed. the manifestation of the disease may cause such shame. as the support system grew, so has education and awareness. the quantity of people at the current support groups is fantastic considering it small start. the society brings hope to families and friends. the attention to the disease is helpful to the patients, families and those at risk.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband has undiagnosed Huntington's. It runs in his mother's family so the rest of the family recognizes he has it but he is in total denial. One of his aunts who was diagnosed committed suicide so we see no benefit to him to push the issue. Huntington's Disease Socitey of America has been very helpful with the information they provide about the disease, how other people deal with it and just general support for us caregivers. I am especially greatful for their efforts to further awareness and research into this disease. When I have an email fron them I am eager for their latest information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Huntington's Disease runs in my wife's family. Her Grandfather, Father, Uncle, and Aunt all either are currently suffering from or have passed away from it. She has a 50% chance that the gene has been passed on to her and she will develop symptoms herself. This disease is devastating for the people who have it and it is hard on their families and loved ones. HDSA is a source of constant support, providing education to physicians and communities, lobbying for updated laws and policies, raising funds for research towards a cure, and organizing support groups and resources for HD patients and their families. HDSA is the only organization in America that I'm aware of that focuses on Huntington's disease and we are so grateful for all that they do.