Trey Grey, Drummer for Brooks & Dunn, Embarks on
Group’s Farewell Tour and His Personal battle with Huntington’s Disease
The Last Rodeo Tour Hits Jacksonville, FL Sunday June 13, 2010
Jacksonville, FL – June 13, 2010 –Country music mega-stars Brooks & Dunn’s long-time drummer, Trey Grey, is on a dual mission as he takes the road on the band’s farewell tour, The Last Rodeo. As a member of one of country music’s all-time most popular groups he’s dedicated to delivering a truly memorable final show at each stop along the way.
He’s also dedicated to reaching as many people as possible to make them aware of Huntington’s disease (HD), the devastating genetic neurodegenerative disease with which he’s been diagnosed, and will eventually make it impossible for him to play the music he loves, and rob him of the ability to walk, talk, swallow, think and control his emotions.
”This tour means so much because it’s allowing me to celebrate the end of a huge career, with two huge artists (Kix & Ronnie) still at the top of their game. It’s also special because I never know when it could be my last tour. It’s very bittersweet,” Grey remarked during a break in a rehearsal.
Trey has worked hard to keep drumming despite experiencing the first symptoms of Huntington’s, which he experienced a few years ago. Since his diagnosis, he has become active with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), which is dedicated to improving the lives of people with HD and their families, and funds research to find treatments and an eventual cure for the disease that currently affects 30,000 Americans, with another 250,000 at-risk.
”It’s been great teaming up with different HDSA chapters around the country, and meeting amazing people along the way to bring even more awareness in all of the cities that we can to find a way to put a stop to this horrible, horrible disease, ” Grey said.
Trey will be speaking out about Huntington’s disease, and the challenges he faces at venues along the tour route.
To arrange an interview with Trey about his battle with Huntington’s and the issues all HD families face every day, please contact Jason Mundy at (904) 307-6168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that results in a loss of cognitive, behavioral and physical control, and for which, presently, there is no treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual’s ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Symptoms usually appear in an individual between 30 and 50 years of age and progress over a 10 to 25 year period. Eventually, a person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care.
More than 30,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with HD. Each of their siblings and children has a 50 percent risk of developing the disease; therefore at least 200,000 Americans are at risk of developing the disease.
Although medications can relieve some symptoms in certain individuals, research has yet to find a means of conquering or even slowing the deadly progression of HD. The first therapy approved by the FDA specifically for Huntington’s disease (HD) was released only one-and-a-half years ago. Several new potential treatments are moving through Phase 3 Clinical Trials at this time.
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The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the largest 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, wife of folk music legend Woody Guthrie who lost his battle with HD, the Society works tirelessly to provide the family services, education, advocacy and research to provide help for today, hope for tomorrow to the more than 30,000 people diagnosed with HD in the United States. The Society is comprised of 39 local chapters and affiliates across the country with its headquarters in New York City.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease and to get involved in HDSA, please visit http://www.hdsa.org or call 1-800-345-HDSA.