American journalist Allie LaForce and Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Smith urged other MLB players and athletes to join the annual HelpCureHD (Huntington's Disease) Gala in August. The sports reporter has been at the forefront of the fight for the longest time. She shared her gratitude for their support last year, saying,
"Houston SHOWED UP!!!! We were in awe of the support by the city & the @astrosbaseball players & coaches that came and supported Joe and my mission to achieve an HD-free world."