The People Involved in Freeze HD Warm My Heart

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by Carlos Briceño |

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On Saturday evening, my wife, Jill, and I will be putting on our fancy party clothes to attend the 7th Annual Freeze HD virtual event. The benefit will feature celebrities, music performances, and a silent auction, with the goal of raising money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

In the past few years, Jill and I have mostly only traveled to see family. We haven’t really attended any Huntington’s conventions or fundraisers, so we are excited that this year’s virtual event gives us the opportunity to do so.

We don’t like going to these events in person, because we both have sensory issues and can only handle being around people and noise for short periods of time. One day, traveling to these events will be impossible for Jill because of her Huntington’s disease (HD).

Although I wish the COVID-19 pandemic had never happened, one benefit is that virtual events have become more common. And to make this year’s Freeze HD even more accessible, the event is free.

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The fabulous lineup of entertainers will feature hosts Kate Miner, Scott Porter, and Jason Ritter. Out of curiosity, I researched how each has been affected by Huntington’s disease.

Actress and musician Kate Miner found out several years ago that Huntington’s runs in her family. Her mother and two sisters tested gene-positive, while she did not.

In 2013, actor Scott Porter found out that his new bride’s mother had tested positive for HD. His wife, Kelsey Mayfield, then tested gene-positive.

Actor Jason Ritter witnessed a former girlfriend’s father battle HD, and he experienced firsthand the devastation it caused her family.

As I read about the hosts’ intersections with HD, I was touched by the fact that they each are fighting the disease by building awareness, raising money, and telling others not to give up.

HD is a ferocious opponent, which is why it’s important for people to step up and use their talents, imagination, networks, faith, hope, love, and courage to fight it.

My family and I are thankful for all those involved in Freeze HD. These people, and the events they host, give the HD community hope for a cure and help us feel less alone.

Jill and I hope to “see” you there on Oct. 16. It may be virtual, but don’t forget to wear your fancy party clothes!


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Marie avatar


Hi Carlos,

I am gene positive (pre-symptomatic) & I always love your article. They are always very genuine and are in some ways helping me :) .

Keep going!


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Carlos Briceño

Thank you, Marie, for your kind words. I am glad they help you. It's not easy for people who are not part of the community to understand what gene positive people are thinking and feeling, so I'm glad you feel you have a kinship with not only my family, with its gene positive members, and others who are also dealing with HD. It is a special community, bonded by a rare illness, but also forged together by a common understanding of what is important in life, which is that each moment is precious.


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