Buena Vista to Host 2017 Great Gatsby Gala Benefiting the HDSA

Buena Vista Winery will be transformed into a Roaring Twenties destination on Saturday, July 1, 2017, when the winery hosts the Great Gatsby Gala to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).

With a goal to raise $100,000 to support the HDSA mission, the event will honor Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of Boisset Collection, which owns Buena Vista Winery, and Dr. Laurice Yang, Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Neurology & Neurological Sciences department. Join us in your Gatsby-themed attire to enjoy live entertainment, a delicious dinner, and wine pairing, Buena Vista’s classically retro Bubble Lounge and a fantastic silent auction.

To help make this event a success, we need the community’s help. To make donations and purchase tickets, please go to their WEBSITE or contact Natalie Carpenter at 949.542.3907 or ncarpenter@hdsa.org.

The HDSA benefits people like Kim Aul, whose personal account of the disease follows…

A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, and my life changed forever. As my husband and I looked up the details of this disease, we found the disease to cause progressive brain damage, similar to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS, that will render me unable to walk, talk and reason. My progression started with mild swaying, imbalance, and twitching and progressed over three months as I experienced violent whole body chorea. My balance was so poor and my swaying so intense, that I could only stand 10-30 seconds without having to move and I would fall often fall to the couch. Occasionally I would hit myself accidentally in the face from the chorea.

I began seeing Dr. Laurice Yang at Stanford University who prescribed Xenazine to help with the chorea that dramatically improved my symptoms. Today I am working part time and walking 2 miles daily.

My family and I have partnered with HDSA to help improve 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.

I cannot thank Dr. Yang and the HDSA profoundly enough.

—Kim Aul

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