Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saintly Bernards Gives Back and Walks for Huntingtons Disease!

The Saintly Bernards Crew

“No Saint can do everything, but every Saint can do something”

Saintly Bernards Rescue, of Ambler, contributed to the community by a Paying It Forward for Hungtingtons Disease. Jamie Byrnes, the founder of Saintly Bernards Rescue, which is a division of Saint Bernard Rescue Organization (a 501C3 Non Profit), decided it was time to give back! The community has helped support local Saint Bernards in need for several years and it was time to bring awareness to a disease that is in desperate need of a cure. Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary, progressively degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of both mental control and physical control.

Jamie Byrnes, Found of Saintly Bernards Rescue, and some rescued Saints

Saintly Bernards Rescue and a dozen volunteers showed up with their canine companions to lead the one mile walk along through the Montgomery County Community College campus. The Saint Bernards who attended proved to be breed ambassadors and a refreshing accessory to the event. Along the walk there were signs that helped educate the public on Huntington’s disease. There were alarming statistics showing how many people are affected by this disease and the effects it can have on a person’s life. This disease not only affects the individual who is diagnosed, but it also affects the loved ones around them.

Addie (foster Saint), me and Quincy

The event brought the community together to help raise money to find a cure for Huntingtons Disease. Men, women, children and canines banded together as one, to support this cause that has emotionally impacted the people of the community. The event had raffles, music, food and fun! Team Hope, the local chapter, proved to be a determined, energetic and vital part of the community. The groups collectively raised over $20,000 to help fund the research to help relieve the world of this disease that affects so many. There were laughs and there were cries. This event is what helps Montgomery County Stand out as a community united to support the needs of each other.

The Cochrans and their rescued saints Ginger & Capone

Donations can be made at Donations can be made online at or checks (made out to HDSA) can be sent directly to the HDSA Delaware Valley office at: Team Hope Walk for HD HDSA Delaware Valley 15 Waterloo Ave. Berwyn, PA 19312


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