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Columbus, Ohio (November 14, 2019) – The Central Ohio Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) has announced that Dr. Sandra Kostyk will be this year’s honoree at the 19th Annual HDSA Celebration of Hope event on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 PM at the Grandview Café. Dr. Kostyk will be honored for the extraordinary work she has done in support of those effected with Huntington's disease (HD) and their families.

Dr. Sandra Kostyk is the medical director of the multi-disciplinary Huntington’s disease medical center at The Ohio State University. This is one of the 47 HDSA Centers of Excellence that provide an elite team approach to HD care and research. Professionals have extensive experience working with families affected by HD and work together to provide families the best HD care program.

“Dr. Kostyk leads the Center of Excellence and their vast number of research studies & drug trials, including trials of novel HD treatments,” said Camille Colletti, HDSA’s Regional Development Manager. “She is a conscientious physician in support of Huntington’s disease patients and their families.”

The HDSA Celebration of Hope gala is one of the flagship events organized by HDSA’s volunteer-led Chapters and Affiliates nationwide to recognize those who have made an impact in their community while inspiring others to join the fight against HD.

For more information, please contact Daphne Hess (dhess5556@yahoo.com, 614-519-6468) or CLICK HERE FOR THE EVENT PAGE

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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. Each 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 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of Huntington’s disease 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.

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.HDSA.org or call 1(800)345-HDSA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Matthew Santamaria

Communications Coordinator 

(212) 242-1968 ext. 204 

msantamaria@hdsa.org