James Franco, Elementary School Principal trigger HD Pie in the Face Challenge explosion!

World famous and local heroes take Challenge to the next level 

James Franco, actor, writer, teacher, student, and all around renaissance man added something else to his list of accomplishments day before yesterday. He retweeted the HD Pie in the Face Challenge to his 2.4 million followers! I don’t know whether or not he will accept the challenge, but with the click of a button, he did a lot to raise awareness for the HD community. 

Franco isn’t the only person making a big impact. Yesterday, Eleanor Patrick, the Principal of Trent Park Elementary School in New Bern, NC, not only accepted the challenge but challenged the entire teaching staff at the school as well as the entire Human Resources Department at Craven County School System. Teachers’ challenge videos are already streaming in on our Facebook page as the challenge continues its exponential growth.

Where does the money go? You can CHOOSE or donate to both

One recipient is a a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and another recipient is not, but is a really great documentary

The HD Pie in the Face challenge suggests two donation destinations. You can visit either of them to learn facts about HD that you can share in your challenge video to really raise awareness:

WeHaveAFace.org is an independent, grassroots group of people from all over the world, affected by Huntington’s disease. The group’s mission is to complete production of the documentary “The Huntington’s Disease Project: Removing the Mask”. The documentary’s aim is to address many aspect of HD which are frequently ignored. After all, HD is much more than a movement disorder. 

WeHaveAFace.org is not a nonprofit organization, so your donation is not tax deductibleHowever, you’ll be helping to produce a vital, informative documentary that deserves a spot in international public discourse. Your support will help with equipment rentals, travel expenses, promotion and much more.

To donate, visit WeHaveAFace.org/donate. If you’d prefer to mail a check, please contact James Valvano to get his address. Make your check out to James Valvano  and on the notes section of the check, please write: “Support for The Huntington’s Disease Project”  Also, if you don’t wish to be named as a supporter in the film, please let James know.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America is accurately described by its mission statement:

The Society is a National, voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Huntington’s disease and their families.

To promote and support research and medical efforts to eradicate Huntington’s Disease.

To assist people and families affected by Huntington’s Disease to cope with the problems presented by the disease.

To educate the public and health professionals about Huntington’s disease.

(HDSA has local, state and regional chapters throughout the country. It has non-profit status and your donation is tax deductable.)

You can donate by going to http://www.hdsa.org/how-you-can-help/index.html 

or mail your donation to

505 Eighth Avenue
Suite 902
NY, NY 10018

Or fax it to: 212 239-3430

NOTE: If you want your donation to go directly towards research you can indicate that preference when you donate.

Ideas for Challenges

To keep momentum going we need to make celebrity challenges, Some suggestions are the cast of the TV show House, Charles Sabine and Trey Gray. Or just choose your favorite celebrities and go for it. And yes, I think we need to challenge James Franco until he takes a pie in the face! Also you can contact the PR department of your favorite professional sports team and issue a challenge to an entire team. 

On the local level, make challenges big, like Mrs. Patrick did. Challenge your whole school, your whole graduating class, your whole church congregation, or all of your coworkers. The possibilities are endless.

Most importantly, don’t wait for the challenge to come around to you. Start your own, take a pie in the face and challenge some friends who might not know about HD. It only takes Cool Whip, a paper plate and five minutes. And it’s fun!

If you’re new to the scene, you can catch up on the details of the HD Pie in the Face Challenge by reading my previous blog entries.

Before I sign off, I sincerely thank Melanie Barrett Nagy, my new Facebook friend, for sharing her intuition, initiative, empathy and social media skills to further this project. She started our Facebook page and is working hard behind the scenes to help things take off. You rule. 

Start a challenge today! We’re on the verge of viral. And thanks again, James Franco!!!


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