Takes place Sunday, May 15th at Naperville Riverwalk

Naperville, Illinois (March 7, 2022) – The Illinois Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Naperville Team Hope Walk on Sunday, May 15th at 10:30 AM at Naperville Riverwalk: Grand Pavilion. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. 

“As one of the new co-chairs for our Naperville Team Hope Walk, I am excited to start bringing things back to make our walk like it used to be,” said Larry Haigh, Event Coordinator. “While still being safe and cautious we are planning to have our family friendly walk along the Naperville Riverwalk, our DJ will be back with music for our event, and our hot dog lunch. During HD Awareness Month, we are hoping to spread awareness a little more during our time in Naperville. If you are not able to join us in person you can still register and walk with us from wherever you may be.” 

Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event, which takes place in over 100 cities across the U.S. and has raised more than $20 million for HD since its inception in 2007. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families.  

For more information about the event, please contact Larry Haigh (larryhaigh@gmail.com). Online registration and donation can be found at hdsa.org/thwnaperville 

HDSA's Team Hope Walk Program is nationally sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals.  


Huntington’s disease (HD) 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. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of HD 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. HDSA was founded in 1967 by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Woody died from HD complications when he was only 55 years old, but the Guthrie family legacy lives on at HDSA to this day.

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or call (800)345-HDSA. 


Matthew Santamaria

Communications Manager 

(212) 242-1968 ext. 204