Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Iowa Chapter is our featured charity this month and has received a $2020 donation through our MFLCares program. The funds will be used to help individuals affected by Huntington’s Disease (HD) and their families through support and services.
“HDSA Iowa has a longstanding, strong relationship with Midwest Family Lending,” says Andrea Bauer, president of Huntington’s Disease Society of America – Iowa Chapter. “We appreciate the compassionate employees at MFLC who truly want to support the community and well-being of the residences. We feel part of the MFLC Family.”
Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month to support that is dear to their hearts. Eric Smith, licensed mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending, nominated Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Iowa Chapter (HSDA). The Smiths have raised both awareness of and dollars for HDSA Iowa in hopes of one day finding a cure for the disorder that has affected them deeply.
“I nominated HDSA Iowa because my brother Bill has HD, and my brother Mark passed away from complications of HD last month,” Eric says. “It’s a genetic disorder that my siblings and children have a 50/50 chance of getting. We want to raise awareness and money for this organization so they can continue to support families with HD and one day find a cure.”
About HDSA Iowa
HD is a fatal genetic disorder that deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities, usually during their prime working years. It’s described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s simultaneously.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is “the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease”. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.
Its mission is:
- To help individuals affected by Huntington’s Disease and their families through support and services
- To educate both the public and health care professionals about Huntington’s Disease
- To promote and support research directed at discovering a treatment and ultimately a cure for Huntington’s disease.
Living with Huntington’s Disease
A recent ABC News story featuring two families affected by Huntington’s disease depicting what it’s like to live with HD.
How You Can Help
- Saturday, August 29: Crusin’ for a Cure is a classic car/motorcycle tour to help bring awareness to Huntington’s Disease.
MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Check out our calendar to learn more about the great causes MFLCares has supported this year.