June 04, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced the passage of his resolution designating Friday, June 6, 2008, “National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day.” Senator Inhofe introduced the resolution (S.Res 581) to broaden public awareness and demonstrate his continued support for those suffering from this disease.
“Huntington’s Disease, a devastating degenerative neurological disease, affects an estimated 1 in every 10,000 persons,” Inhofe said. “Sadly, children who develop the juvenile form of the disease rarely live to adulthood and no effective cure or treatment currently exists. “Important research is being undertaken that continuously brings us closer to a cure for this disease. It is my hope that ‘National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day’ will help raise awareness and propel research toward the development of a cure for this disease that will help not only Oklahomans, but all Americans suffering from the disease.”
Huntington’s Disease is a progressive degenerative neurological disease that causes total physical and mental deterioration over a 12-15 year period. Though Huntington’s Disease typically begins in mid-life, between the ages of 30 and 45, onset may occur as early as the age of two. The average lifespan after onset of Huntington’s Disease is 10 to 20 years. Furthermore, a child of a Huntington’s Disease parent has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the Huntington’s Disease gene.
Senator Inhofe passed similar legislation designating “National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day” in 2007 as well. This resolution passed the Senate by unanimous consent last night. For more information visit: http://www.hdsa.org/site/PageServer.