Aunt Sharon

Today would have been my Aunt Sharon’s 60th birthday. Like my father, she also had Huntington’s Disease, and she passed away this March. I did not know her as well as I would have liked, due in large part to geography, but we did have one thing in common that I wish we’d had a chance to talk about – she was a runner. I think she would have liked that I am running the marathon for HDSA.

And with that said, I think it is a fitting tribute to Sharon that on her birthday I am able to announce that on this beautiful day, after I went outside and ran 18 miles in Central Park, I officially reached my fundraising goal. There have been so many generous people who have helped me get here, and I look forward to thanking them all personally while I try to decide what my new fundraising goal should be, but for right now I am going to take a small break and admire all that we have accomplished together.

Thanks for being a part of my team. All of the Houglands appreciate it.


Posted by Noah Hougland

Noah is a public high school teacher in New York City. He was recently diagnosed as gene-negative for HD and is raising money this year by running the NYC Marathon. Donations to his campaign may be made through the link at the top of the page or the widget on the right.


This article has 4 Comments

  1. Congratulations on reaching your goal!!! So proud of you. I love that family photo. I can’t ever remember seeing it. Andrea is so beautiful. I posted a photo of her today, the only digital one I have. Keep running — and remember to enjoy it!

  2. Congratulations on reaching your fundraising goal, Noah! Thank you.

    For those friends seeing this who don’t know the family too well, this is a 1960’s
    picture of the 7 Hougland children. Mark, the oldest, was Noah and Adam’s father.

    Sharon, the sister on the far right, was the one who passed away earlier this year.

    Keep up the great training, Noah!

  3. Hello Noah,
    I live in Auburn California and I’m friends with Sallysue Stein who is a friend of your Aunt Patricia’s. Since last June, on Fridays, I have been promoting NYC Marathon runners for Huntington’s disease on my blog, which is on my website. I highlighted you on August 7th, 2015. Congratulations on meeting you goal!
    My 3 sister-in-laws succumbed to HD, and my husband, John, is the surviving sibling. He has never been tested. Our daughter and daughter-in-law hope to run in the NYC Marathon next year.
    I am publishing a memoir, “Watching: Living At Risk,” in tribute to my friends (s-i-l) and to increase HD awareness and all proceeds will go to HDSA. My launch date for my book is the same day as the 2016 NYC Marathon.
    Have fun on your run! Therese
    I would love it if you would like my FACEBOOK Author page as Publishers will only publish your book if you have thousands of likes.

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