Huntington's Disease (HD) -  Juvenile Huntington's Disease (JHD)

Huntington's disease is a hereditary, degenerative, and terminal brain disease.  Huntington's
disease is caused by a genetic defect on chromosome 4.  Huntington's disease (HD) or Juvenile
Huntington's disease (JHD), is an autosomal dominant
disease. This means that only one parent must have the mutated gene for a child to
inherit the disease.  Huntington’s disease slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk,
talk, and reason. It has been noted that symptoms of Huntington's disease can begin to show at
ages 40-50, however we know that symptoms can show much earlier in life.  In time, the person with
HD relies completely upon others for their personal care. HD affects the lives of families -
emotionally, psychologically, socially, and economically.  HD affects males, females, and knows no
ethnic and racial boundaries. Every child of a person with Huntington's disease has a 50/50 chance
of inheriting the fatal gene.  Often, the individual with HD might seem to be
(or act) "drunk" to the on-looker, due to the physical attributes of the disease.  

Juvenile HD affects younger individuals. When the onset of the disease happens before the age of
twenty, the disease is called Juvenile Huntington's disease.  Individuals who suffer with JHD
experience the same challenges as individuals with HD, however the onset of physical and
emotional symptoms happens earlier in life. These younger individuals experience many additional
traumatic symptoms of Huntington’s disease: epileptic seizures, adverse behaviors, and mental
dysfunctions, decline in scholastics...the list goes on. These JHD Warriors need much more support
and resources. Currently, not many of these vital resources are available, which makes the battle
much more difficult!

*Current statistics specify that one out of every 7,000 American has HD. Unfortunately, these statistics
are outdated.  We know that so many more individuals in America (and globally) have JHD/HD, or are
at risk.*
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