Once again, great weather blessed the Illinois Chapter’s 12th Annual Team Hope Walk. And once again we set a record for participants and donations. Over 700 walkers met at the Grand Pavilion on Naperville’s beautiful Riverwalk to advocate for those that suffer with Huntington’s disease. Check-in began early with walkers showing up to claim a picnic table or shaded area for their family. Some teams brought their own pop-up shelters. This year, US Representative Bill Foster (D-11th) from Illinois, a co-sponsor of the HD Parity Act, joined us at the start/finish line to speak about the importance of research to find a treatment for HD. The Walk committee this year honored Dr. Kathleen Shannon for her years of dedicated work and care at our Center of Excellence at Rush University Medical Center. After the plaque presentation, Dr. Jennifer Goldman, Dr. Shannon’s successor, was introduced. After the Walk, participants were treated to a hotdog lunch and music from EliteDJ’s. The Chapter Walk committee would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this year’s Walk a huge success. Additionally, thank you to all of our sponsors and their generous donations. You can view the sponsors here: http://illinois.hdsa.org/sponsors
. This year, it appears that the Walk donations will gross over $101,000, an all-time high! Visit HDSA-Illinois Chapter on Facebook to see some of the pictures from this year’s Walk. If you missed the fun and excitement of this year’s Walk, mark your calendar now for the 13th Annual Team Hope Walk on Sunday, May 21, 2017. We hope to see everyone next year!