Thanks for coming to my HDSA NYC Marathon 2018 page! My name is Phil Kiselick (@Glasshalf_Phil) and I'm a native of Charlotte, NC, graduate of The University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) and have been a proud resident New York City for the last 6+ years. For those who don’t know HD — Huntingtons Disease is an inherited disorder that results in the loss of brain cells. The earliest symptoms are often subtle problems with mood or mental abilities. A general lack of coordination will often follow and as the disease advances, uncoordinated, jerky movements become more apparent. Physical abilities gradually worsen until coordinated movements become 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 who is 56 has HD and it has been devastating to watch the disease 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 my family & help us spread the word on #HD, in hopes that brings us the cure that seems very close. PLUS --> donate to my #NYCMarathon efforts as we (myself, my sisters, cousin and a handful of some really amazing friends) run for #HDSA to raise money for a cure this November.