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HELP 4 HD with Gina McGahen Becker

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Our incredible special guest tonight is Gina McGahen Becker who is doing great work to bring awareness to her community about HD. When I asked her to tell me something about herself, she immediately started telling me about how much she loves her friend and what an honor it is to be advocating for her. Here is a letter she sent to me explaining why she is doing what she is for her friend...“My name is Gina McGahen Becker and it is my goal to bring the community’s attention to Huntington’s Disease. My friend since childhood, Angie Sellars Elkins, was diagnosed with this genetic disease in February of 2004. What makes this even more tragic is she was diagnosed after her sister, Anita Sellars Jackson, who is seven years her junior. Angie and I have exchanged birthday cards without fail for longer than I can remember. This year, when my birthday came around, there was no card. I had that feeling you get in your gut when you know something isn’t as it should be and you don’t want to deal with it. Then two weeks later, the card arrived. It was obvious from her handwriting that the disease had progressed from the last time we had exchanged cards. It was impossible for me to continue to stick my head in the sand and pretend this wasn’t happening. It is my hope that through any means possible, her friends, family and I can bring attention to this disease so that Angie and Anita’s children might not have to face the same obstacles."...Gina and Angie have been friends since the first grade...they are now 42 years young...It is through loving and caring action-orientated friends and family of HDears that the world will be notified of the devastation and destruction that Huntington’s Disease brings. The advocate is their only voice. We definitely need more people like you Gina to be our HDears warriors to fight the battles and to win the hearts of all who will listen. Thank you Gina! You are an awesome advocate and friend.