Huntington Society of Canada for Tierney Family

At the age of 90 years,  Wednesday April 15th 2020 at 1:15pm our Grandfather Martin Tierney known to us as "Papa", passed away peacefully with dignity and honour at Kipling Acres Long Term Care Home In Toronto Canada.  He was supported and surrounded by his children, his wife of 64th years Bridget, as well as his oldest grandchildren by his side. Martin was a wonderful, devoted father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, father-in-Law, cousin, neighbour, colleague, employee, and friend to so many loved ones throughout his life.

In commemoration of our grandfather's incredible legacy, we are kindly asking for donations in any amount to the "Huntington Society of Canada" that will go towards further research and education of Huntington's Disease. This disease was inherited into Martin's side of the family.  In addition, the Tierney family were devastatingly effected by HD. Papa had lost his Mother Anastasia, his brothers James and Thomas as well as nephew John, nieces Thersea and Jean Tierney all to Huntington's Disease. 

On behalf of Tierney family, we appreciate more then you will ever know, all the condolences, loving prayers, and kind wishes to everyone who has reached out to us during this difficult, dark time. We know our Papa is looking down upon us all with a great massive smile. We know he is finally at peace at his enteral home with this family, right now. We love and thank you all so much for taking the time to read this, and donating truly anything helps. Special thanks to all the family members in Ireland and overseas. Take care of you all, God Bless.

What is HD?:

"Huntington disease (HD) is a hereditary, neurodegenerative illness with physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. Huntington disease is caused by a mutation in the gene that makes the protein called huntingtin. In people with HD, the CAG sequence is repeated too many times at the beginning of the gene. That causes cells to manufacture a harmful protein called mutant huntingtin. The mutant huntingtin protein causes certain parts of the brain to die – specifically the caudate, the putamen and, as the disease progresses, the cerebral cortex. As the brain cells die, symptoms will appear in each of the three components (physical, cognitive and emotional).

To date, there are no drugs to slow or stop the progression of Huntington disease; however, there are specific drugs available to reduce some of the symptoms. Research is being conducted in Canada and globally to find promising treatments and approaches to treating HD."

-Huntington Society of Canada

For those of you not familiar and are curious to know more about HD.                                                                   please visit


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Monica Pearson 
Mississauga, ON
Huntington Society of Canada 
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