Local Chapter will be honored on Saturday, September 11th at Polar Park

Worcester, Massachusetts (August 12, 2021) – The Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is happy to announce that the chapter will partner with the Worcester Red Sox for the “Heart of Worcester” program on Saturday, September 11th at 4:05 PM at Polar Park for the game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. A portion of proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. 

“All of us at the Worcester Red Sox are looking forward to having HDSA’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter at Polar Park,” said Joe Bradlee, Vice President of Baseball Operations & Community Relations. “We look forward to continue to do our part to raise awareness for Huntington’s Disease, and welcome the HDSA and their supporters to our brand-new ballpark in Worcester.” 

After spending many years in Rhode Island, the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate has started their inaugural 2021 season in Worcester. The “Hearts of Worcester” program includes a pregame recognition on the field with HDSA logo on the video board, a presence in the first base concourse to interact with fans, and an in-game radio interview with the broadcasters. Tickets also include $2 of ballpark credit that can be used on concessions or in the main team store on merchandise. 

For more information about the event, please contact Mike Miller (mikxx7@yahoo.com, 978-289-8884). Tickets can be found at massri.hdsa.org/woosox 


Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease. The symptoms of HD are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. 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 HD and their families. HDSA was founded in 1967 by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Woody died from HD complications when he was only 55 years old, but the Guthrie family legacy lives on at HDSA to this day.

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or call (800)345-HDSA. 


Matthew Santamaria

Communications Coordinator 

(212) 242-1968 ext. 204