Therese Crutcher-Marin graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration. Helping others is her passion and she worked twenty years in the healthcare industry, ten of those years in hospice care. Through the years she listened to her patients stories and was compelled to share her powerful, heartfelt love story that challenged, inspired and ultimately lead to her survival. Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, A Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, validates her belief that mindfulness, living in the moment, allows us to fully experience our life. Therese was not a risk taker, never coloring outside the lines, but when she took a leap of faith, the biggest gamble of her life, she learned to love deeply and unconditionally. Her motto, “tomorrow is not promised to anyone”, is forever etched in her mind.
Therese and her husband, John, are donating 100% of the proceeds from the book to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world. This is their way to help fight Huntington’s disease and support families challenged with the disease. HD is a rare disease so the book is also a tool to heighten awareness, hopefully creating more interest that will result in an increase in donations.
Woody Guthrie, American folk hero, has been the poster child for HD since his death in 1967.
Therese lives in Northern California with her husband, John, the surviving sibling of a family devastated by Huntington’s disease. Both are retired and give their time to local non-profits and issues close to their heart, i.e. homelessness, Placer Land Trust, PlacerArts, Huntington’s disease. Therese is now a board member on the HDSA Northern California Chapter.