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Chicopee, Massachusetts (September 11, 2019) – The Massachusetts Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is excited to announce that Elms College will be a part of the HDSA Charity of the Game Program. This will take place on Saturday, October 12th starting at 11:00 AM during Elms College’s Hall of Fame Weekend.

​The HDSA Charity of the Game Program partners with collegiate athletics departments to support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of those with Huntington’s disease and their families.

Throughout the day, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) of Elms College will be holding 50/50 raffles. Donations from the raffles will go towards HDSA. The 50/50 raffles will take place during the following games:

• 11:00 AM: Women’s Volleyball against Mitchell College
• 12:00 PM: Women’s Soccer against Lesley University
• 1:00 PM: Women’s Volleyball against Framingham State
• 3:00 PM: Men’s Soccer against Lesley University
• 6:00 PM: Women’s Field Hockey against Husson University


"We as an Athletics department and SAAC group are so excited to hold this fundraising event for HDSA on campus during our Hall of Fame Weekend,” said Michelle Proulx, Associate Director of Elms College Athletics/Scheduling Coordinator. “We feel lucky to support such a worthy cause and help spread awareness of Huntington's disease along with help raise funds for the cause."

For more information about the event, please contact Michelle Proulx (proulxm@elms.edu, 413-265-2342) and HDSA’s Massachusetts Chapter board member Janelle Johnson (janellelynnejohnson@yahoo.com).

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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. Each child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of Huntington’s disease are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and 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 1(800)345-HDSA. ​

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Matthew Santamaria

Communications Coordinator 

(212) 242-1968 ext. 204 

msantamaria@hdsa.org