The Atypical HUS Foundation

Sept 20-21st, NORD hosts ORLANDO aHUS Meeting

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Sept 20-21st, NORD hosts ORLANDO aHUS Meeting

Time: September 20, 2013 at 7pm to September 21, 2013 at 3pm
Location: Renaissance Sea World
City/Town: ORLANDO Florida
Event Type: ahus, regional, meeting
Organized By: NORD
Latest Activity: Sep 10, 2013

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Event Description

     NORD's 3rd aHUS Regional Meeting will be held on Sept. 20-21st at the Renaissance Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  There will be an September 20th dinner (7 to 9 pm) for attendees that Friday evening with an opportunity to connect with other aHUS patients and their families. 

     The highlight of the full day Saturday Sept. 21st meeting (8:30 to 3 pm) will be an extended presentation and question time with Dr. Robert B. Kaplan, MD, a physician experienced in aHUS diagnosis, treatment, and genetics.  Dr Kaplan is a key faculty member within the Division of Hematology and Cellular Therapy of The Western Pennsylvania-Allegheny Health System and the Director of the Hemostasis-Thrombosis Laboratory at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburg PA.

 The Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS was honored to include Dr. Kaplan's "Dispelling Common Myths in aHUS" as a cornerstone of our website tab 'ADULTS with aHUS'.  

SEE THE FULL PROGRAM HERE, click the pdf file to open NORD's Orlando Program - aHUS.pdf


     Melissa Hearn will present on behalf of the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS,  PLAN to ATTEND, and contact Allie Freitas at NORD to register for this free event for aHUS patients, families, and caregivers.  A travel stipend may be available to defray your expenses - call Allie at NORD for details! 


Alexandra W. Freitas

Office: 203.744.0100 ext. 226
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Cell: 203.501.3690
Office: 203.744.0100 ext. 226
Fax: 203.798.7413
SEE THE FULL PROGRAM HERE, click the pdf file to open NORD's Orlando Program - aHUS.pdf

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Did you know...

CFH (Serum Complement Factor H) is a regulatory protein. The secreted protein product of CFH consists of 20 repetitive units named "short consensus repeats" or SCRs (each approximately 60 amino acids). In patients with aHUS the last 5 "pearls" in the twenty pearl strand protein, SCR16 - SCR20, should bind to protect cells but do not- they are defective in one or more of the last 5 SCR locations. If they cannot bind or stick to the kidney to protect that tissue, the platelets clump into clots that affect the glomeruli of the kidney -potentially causing acute renal failure.
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It is estimated that there are about 2 cases of aHUS in the U.S. per 1,000,000 of population, and about 60% of aHUS patients are diagnosed as children. The condition is potentially life threatening, and either can be chronic or can recur at intervals.
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Your donation of $295.for an aHUS pearl bracelet will directly fund research to help aHUSpatient and their families. Each bracelet has an appraised value of $925, and is offered with your gift of $295. Note:  For shipping outside the USA, please add $25. to cover international shipping costs.

(Note: Bracelets do not qualify as tax deductible donations under IRS regulations.)

Normally, aHUS pearl bracelets to be made-to-order and as such expect a 4 to 6 week window before your custom bracelet is shipped.  In a rush?  Contact with your request and details.


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