Supporting Team Hope & Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Join us at Modo Yoga Seattle during the month of September for karma yoga on Fridays at 7:30pm in support of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) and Team Hope. Throughout September your $5 cash donations will help support their mission to “improve the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families.” HD is a fatal inherited genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities usually during their prime and has no cure.

Celebrating over 50 years of service, the work of HDSA began in 1967 first under the moniker of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease (CCHD) through the tireless efforts of Marjorie Guthrie.  She launched an all-out assault on the disease that would soon claim her husband, the legendary Woody Guthrie, and threatened their three children. Her extraordinary determination turned her into a global voice in the fight against Huntington’s disease, whose symptoms have been likened to the worst of those associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS simultaneously in effect.

The Team Hope Walk program is a grassroots fundraising campaign from HDSA designed to provide hope and support for those touched by this devastating disease. HDSA-WA, with the help of sponsorships, donations and community support, raises awareness and provides funds to support local individuals and families affected by HD as well as research right here in the PNW. Their efforts also support the HDSA Center of Excellence at the University of Washington.

This year’s walk was Sunday, September 8th and was attended by our own Kendra leading the walkers in a yoga warm-up as well as one of our beloved Energy Exchangers, Shah Dillon. Shah just so happens to also be President of the Board of the local Washington Chapter.  Affected by HD in her own family, we are honored to support her (and their!) work.