The Spirit of the Season is the fund raising organization for the Mary and Jim White Unit for HD at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Center.
Recognized around the world as a leader in HD care, our unit is the largest HD residence in the United States. Today the unit provides a home for 48 residents with an ever growing waiting list.
We are committed to providing the highest quality of life for the residents through care that goes beyond a hospital to create a home.
The uniqure care we are able to offer is what makes a difference in the lives of our residents - therapies, events, and physical care as well as much needed equipment, family support, and staff recognition.
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249 5th Avenue New York, NY
Huntington's Disease is a degenerative brain disorder that erodes a victim's mental capacity and physical control. HD has been described as a combination of ALS, Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disease.
HD usually strikes between the ages of 30 and 50 and progresses very slowly, on average 15 years. More than 25,000 Americans suffer with HD. 125,000 are at risk for the disease.
Last week I visited the unit and was happy to see my friend Dan. I met Dan at the Ferncliff HD Unit in Rhinebeck, but Dan recently moved to the Cooke Center to be closer to his family. Everyone was concerned with how Dan would acclimate in his new home.
Well, these pictures tell the story. Dan quickly told me - with his speech pad - that we should go see Orville, his new friend. Orville (age 29) shared one of his caps with Dan for the picture.
What a blessing. I hope you are all blessed with such a friendship.
Mary White Moore