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Michael Pimental's Fundraiser:

OC Marathon UCI HD-CARE

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BENEFITING: UC Irvine Foundation

ORGANIZER: UC Irvine Foundation

EVENT: The OC Marathon and Half Marathon 2017

EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017

Michael Pimental

THE STORY:

Dear Family and Friends,

 

For the past several years I have run the OC Half Marathon in an effort to raise money and awareness for Huntington’s Disease research and HD-CARE.  My wife, Linda co-founded HD-CARE, a 503c charitable organization in support of the MIND Institute at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

 

Huntington’s Disease (HD)

 

HD is a neurodegenerative, inherited, progressive disorder that affects movement, cognition, and behavior whereby the patient undergoes an onset of psychiatric symptoms, cognitive decline, and devastating motor deterioration.  Each child of a parent with HD carries a 50% chance of inheriting the mutated gene.  The hallmark symptom of Huntington’s disease is chorea, uncontrollable and often painful involuntary movement.  The cognitive and behavioral symptoms of dementia due to Huntington’s include depression, memory problems, impaired judgment, and problems with short-term memory, organizing, coping, and concentrating. Delusions and hallucinations may occur.  Symptoms that may also occur are irritability, anxiety, aggressive outbursts and social withdrawal.  There is currently no treatment or cure for HD

 

My 26-year-old daughter, Stephany recently tested for HD.  In January, Stephany, her fiancé Curtis, our oldest daughter Tammy, Linda, and I met with our psychologist for the result.  Sadly, the result was that Stephany has inherited the mutated HD gene and is symptomatic.  The following day we visited Dr. Neal Hermanowicz at the Movement Disorders Clinic of UCI who confirmed the results.  Stephany has been amazingly strong throughout this process and continues to have a positive outlook.  Your past contributions have made it possible for HD-CARE to be a part of some clinical trials designed to potentially slow the disease progression.  Stephany has been invited to be part of this trial and we feel blessed by your contributions and prayers. We will not give up hope for a cure and with your support we will be that much closer.   

 

The funds we raise go directly to HD-CARE.  The monies donated will support Dr. Leslie Thompson’s research laboratory as will as Dr. Neal Hermonowicz’s movement disorder clinic at Gottschalk Medical Plaza at UCI.

 

Dr. Thompson's laboratory was the first to create a human model of HD through stem cells donated from the skin of affected individuals.  We have supported Dr. Thompson for the past 17 years in trying to find a cure or treatment for this disease and believe in her abilities, as she is one of the top 5 researchers in the world of HD.  The UCI Foundation has set up a specific account, whereby 100% of the value of the donation goes towards the mission, to find a therapy or cure for this devastating disease

 

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so by donating to my fund-raising page through the link below and follow it to the picture of Stephany and me, any donation is greatly appreciated:

 

https://www.crowdrise.com/oc-marathon-uci-hd-care/fundraiser/michaelpimental

 

Also, please follow this link to view a video made by Stephany regarding her road of HD Testing.

 

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Thank You.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Mike 

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To This Fundraiser

$4,675

MONEY RAISED
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  • Edwin Olavi

    $50

  • Amo Portillo

    $50

  • Andy Menard

    $100

  • Joe & Toni Corney

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Christopher Elder

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Justin Rosete

    $50

  • JIm and Diane Killeen

    $100

  • Tammy Toomire

    $100

  • Joey & Carol

    $100

  • Gina Tiedt

    $100

  • Kudlacs

    $100

  • The Haught family

    $100

  • Bill & Shannon

    $250

  • Aunt Edith & Uncle Ed

    $100

  • Andie, Jason, and Olivia Tassinari

    $25

  • Tracie Dumont

    $25

  • Karl & Cheryl Schuler

    $50

  • Brenda Kent

    $200

  • Guieb Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Kristi Perez

    $50

  • John Flaherty

    $50

  • Nancy and Rudy Sweet

    $25

  • The Ramirez Family

    $100

  • Janet Martin & Rick Fisher

    $100

  • The Lozano's

    $100

  • Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

    $500

  • Jean Abdalla

    $100

  • Kym Talbert

    $250

  • Karl and Ann

    $100

  • Michael Pimental

    $250

  • The Rektes

    $200

  • Corine Doughty

    $100

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312% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $27,185 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Tammy Schuff

Amount Raised

$8,125

 

116% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Pimental

Amount Raised

$4,675

 

312% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Karen Thorburn

Amount Raised

$2,425

 

2425% Raised of $100 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kalea D'Andrea

Amount Raised

$1,275

 

1275% Raised of $100 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Main

Amount Raised

$1,175

 

118% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Sarah Hernandez

Amount Raised

$1,010

 

101% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Chad Pearse

Amount Raised

$800

 

160% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

UC Irvine Foundation

Amount Raised

$605

Donor Comments

Corine Doughty

Corine Doughty

DONATION: $100

7 months ago

The Rektes

The Rektes

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Michael Pimental

Michael Pimental

DONATION: $250

Stephany, my daughter and friend! 2 years ago

Karl and Ann

Karl and Ann

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Kym Talbert

Kym Talbert

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Jean Abdalla

Jean Abdalla

DONATION: $100

In memory of Steven Oades 2 years ago

Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

The Lozano's

The Lozano's

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Janet Martin & Rick Fisher

Janet Martin & Rick Fisher

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

The Ramirez Family

The Ramirez Family

DONATION: $100

2 years ago