Huntington’s Disease Walk

15 June 2017

Huntington Disease Walk Group Picture

Parkway Electric loves participating in community events, and this past May our participation hit closer to home.

After one of our dedicated employees was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease a few years ago, Parkway committed to helping him and his family as they navigated through the frightening diagnosis.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Huntington’s disease is a rare, inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington’s disease has a profound impact on a person’s functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking (cognitive) and psychiatric disorders. It’s estimated only 30,000 people have this disease in the United States.

There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease, but there is considerable research being done to find effective treatment. At the forefront of this research is a course of treatment that involves goats and sheep. Those who suffer from Huntington’s are low in a substance called GM1 ganglioside. Sheep that carry a trait for ovine GM1 gangliosidosis can be bred to carry extraordinary amounts of GM1. The sheep then have some of their GM1 extracted and used as a way to supplement and increase the levels of GM1 in affected patients. Last year for our walk, we were visited by these special animals, and our walkers were educated on how sheep and goats might hold a promise of creating better and more effective treatment.

One of the ways Parkway has continued its commitment is to participate in the Team Hope fundraising walk. On May 20, a chilly but committed group of Parkway employees, families and friends participated in the Team Hope Walk and 5k. This walk has become an annual event that is really at the heart of what Parkway’s culture is about.

The May event raised over $10,000 for Huntington’s Disease research. If you’d like to learn more about the disease and how to help, please visit hdsa.org.

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