SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) - Former WJBK reporter Kathy Walsh left her mark on metro Detroit. In the past year, she's back in the spotlight and telling a very different story about her personal battle with Huntington's disease.
Kathy spent 15 years in television news, six of those years as a reporter for WJBK back in the '90s. She could tackle any story. Now it's more important than ever because now she's tackling her toughest story yet - her own struggle with Huntington's disease, the debilitating neurological illness that has no cure.
But the disease has a greater impact than her: it could affect her whole family, including her son, Carson.
He's going into his senior year of high school and has big plans for the future.
"I kind of want to see not just different parts of the country but the world, too - hopefully a lot of travel in the future," Carson said.
He knows he has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease and when he turns 18 in a few months, he can choose to be tested. He just doesn't know if he wants to know.
"At least once a day I think well my birthday is coming up and you've kind of got to value the pros and cons of each one," he said. "It's a lot to think about."
There is no cure for Huntington's disease but Carson and his friends are doing what they can to raise money. They're making and selling their bracelets through their non-profit Hope for Huntington's. They'll be at Saturday's second annual Yoga in the Park Event for the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
For more information on Yoga in the Park at Shain Park, sign up here