Congrats to Frances Saldana for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Disneyland Resort
Honoree Category: Health
Why Nominated: Frances Saldana is a small women with one large goal – to witness a world without Huntington’s Disease.
Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a progressive, inherited neurodegenerative brain disorder for which there is currently no effective treatment or cure. Damaged nerve cells cause deterioration in the central area of the brain which alters movement, behavior and cognition. The ability to walk, talk, think and reason gradually erode leaving affected individuals unable to care for themselves. Huntington’s Disease presents major emotional, mental and economic impact on the lives of patients, as well as their families.
Frances has been a relentless advocate for HD awareness was instrumental in establishing the Orange County, California chapter of HDSA. Frances wanted to further the state-of-the-art research being accomplished at UCI and to aid and assist the HD Clinic at UCI. In November, 2012, she co-founded HD-CARE, a University of California Irvine support group, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization, where Frances serves as President In HD-CARE’s inaugural year, Frances, along with the group’s dedicated staff of Board Members and volunteers, proudly raised $67,000 for Huntington’s Disease research.
She has continued to be relentless in raising awareness and funds for HD Research and care. Frances continues to spend countless hours traveling to speak on the subject to whomever will listen and help to make the difference. She dedicates astronomical numbers of volunteer hours to the HD CARE Board responsibilities, continues to search for advocates to serve as Board and Advisory members, lends a hand at almost every HD event possible. Her drive and dedication are shining examples of how one woman truly can make a difference.
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