"Celebration of Hope" Raises more than $70K for Huntington's Disease

May 23, 2000

The 2nd annual "Celebration of Hope" auction and brunch, held by the Huntington's Disease Society of America's Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester Medical Center, raised more than $70,000 recently for Huntington's disease programs and research.

Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited brain disorder, which results in the loss of both mental capability and physical control. Over a period of 10 to 20 years, an individual afflicted with HD progressively loses the ability to think, speak, and walk. HD does not discriminate -- children as young as two and adults as old as 80 have developed this disabling disease.

During the "Celebration of Hope" event, which was held at Casa Larga Vineyards, Robert L. Berg, M.D., professor in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was honored for his dedication and commitment to medicine, science, and public service.

Lowell A. Goldsmith, M.D., dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert J. Joynt, M.D., Distinguished University Professor of Neurology, and Neurobiology and Anatomy in the Department of Neurology, Karl D. Kieburtz, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Neurology, and Ira Shoulson, M.D., Louis C. Lasagna Professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Director of the Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester, played key roles in making the Celebration of Hope a success.

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund the University of Rochester's HDSA Center of Excellence, which provides medical care, counseling, referrals, and education for Huntington's Disease patients and their families. The Center is closely linked with the hub of the Huntington Study Group, a consortium of international investigators working to develop better treatments for HD and other neurodegenerative disorders.

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