I am 22 years old and recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in sport management and a minor in economics. I begin a 10 month program in August of 2013 called City Year Boston where I will be working with inner city Boston students and keep them on track to graduate. I really enjoy working with the community and giving back any way I can.
HD has been a part of my life ever since I was a freshman in high school when my mom was diagnosed with the disease. At that time I did not know much about the disease and did not start to take action until I was a freshman in college and created a 3-on-3 basketball charity event called Hoops for Huntington’s. From that point on, I began to get more involved with HD by joining the Massachusetts Chapter Board and the National Youth Alliance Committee Board. By getting myself more involved with HD and these different boards, it allowed me to connect with other people who could relate to my story. It felt great to learn that I was not alone and that there are people not only across the U.S. but in the world whose affected one way or another by HD. In order to make a change we need to act and go out there and a make a difference. Whether that means to run a fundraiser or even just volunteer at an event, all the little things add up.
In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends, family, and especially my three year old dog, Jake. I also enjoy running and plan on running a half-marathon in September. But, what I truly enjoy is making an impact in society and trying to make a difference in life. I will continue to raise money and awareness for HD and believe that we are all in this together!