Mary & Jim White Unit for People with Huntington's Disease

Over 30 Years of Care


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.  

What We Do


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.

Stop by for a visit at the 

Mary and Jim White HD Unit  

249 5th Avenue New York, NY

What is Huntington's Disease?


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.