Hi guys! Thanks for coming to my HDSA NYC Marathon page! My name is Phil Kiselick and I'm a native of Charlotte, NC, graduate of The Univertisy of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) and I've been living and working in Manhattan for the last 6 years. For those who don’t know HD — Huntingtons Disease, also known as Huntington’s Chorea, is an inherited disorder that results in the loss of brain cells. The earliest symptons are often subtle problems with mood or mental abilities. A general lack of coordination or steady gait often follow. As the disease advances, uncoordinated, jerky movements become more apparent. Physical abilities gradulaly worsen until coordinated movements becomes difficult and the person is unable to talk. Mental abilities generally decline into dementia. Symptoms usually vary between 30 and 50, but can start at any age. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. My mom is 56, and it has been devastating to watch HD affect her ability to move, think and feel. She is still so young, and deserves so much more than what this disease has caused. Mom, you are the strongest and smartest person I know, you're a hero and we are lucky you are ours. For those who want to help — tell people about us & help us spread the word on #HD, in hopes that brings us the cure that seems very close. AND --> donate to our #NYCMarathon efforts as we run for #HDSANY to raise money for a cure this November.