Registration is FREE and takes place Saturday, May 23rd  

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (April 30, 2020) – The South Dakota Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the South Dakota Virtual Team Hope Walk/Run on Saturday, May 23. Registration will be free. Depending on the current situation, we hope to see you in person at the South Dakota Team Hope Walk on Saturday, September 19th at Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls. 

A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get to choose your own course, you can walk in your driveway, neighborhood, in your house and even on treadmill. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. 

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 $14 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.  

“This really will be a fun event for our HD families,” said Debbie Stadley-Augustad, HDSA’s South Dakota Chapter President. “Our HD families are strong and they are really strong together...but, we will celebrate TEAM HOPE and HD awareness together in “spirit” but, separately!” 

For more information about the event, please contact Debbie Stadley-Augustad (612-816-0145, Online registration and donation can be found at   

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


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 usually 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 that causes Huntington’s disease. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. In less than 10% of cases, juvenile Huntington’s disease (JHD) affects children & adolescents. JHD usually has a more rapid progression rate than adult onset HD; the earlier the onset, the faster JHD progresses. HD is described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases – simultaneously. HD is characterized by a triad of symptoms, including progressive motor dysfunction, behavioral disturbance and cognitive decline. 

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


Matthew Santamaria

Communications Coordinator 

(212) 242-1968 ext. 204