Thank you for visiting our Team fundraising page! With your help, we can help HDSA achieve their mission to improve the lives of everyone with Huntington’s disease and their loved ones.
Team Richard & Rosilyn is named after two loved ones (brother and sister) who finally succumbed to the effects of Huntington's Disease. Richard Thiessen (8 Nov 1954 - 18 Jul 2009) and Anne Rosilyn (Thiessen) Switzer (5 Aug 1946 - 2 May 2018). Those team members who knew them walk in their memory, commemorating their lives. Richard earned his PhD in geology and taught that subject at Washington State University at Pullman. Rosilyn graduated from the Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She taught a few years before becoming a full time housewife and mother on a farm in Ontario. Those team members who may not have known either Richard or Rosilyn walk in support of others who currently face this debilitating disease.
Monies raised in the walk will go towards community services and education to advocacy and research, Some of it will also support the work of the local Washington State Chapter which provides help for today and hope for tomorrow, along with the national organization, for those families affected by Huntington's disease.
Huntington’s disease 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 as of yet.
Thank you for considering making a donation to Team Richard & Rosilyn!