LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- 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.
HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.
A walk in Louisville’s Iroquois Park today aims to bring awareness and provide comfort to those families battling this disease.
Courtney Bennett of the local chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America joined Tabnie Dozier on Good Morning Kentuckiana to share her personal connection and provide specifics on the event.