The Atypical HUS Foundation

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Rare Disease Day 2012 – Soaring Voices

     “The SOARING VOICES project asks you to create a video clip or slideshow that informs, enlightens, and uplifts ….showing the beauty in life and laughter. While patients with rare diseases don’t live charmed lives, we can create ‘charmed moments’ to gather and be heard around the world – providing moments of grace and humor, while demonstrating the power of love and strength in our commitment to find solutions.”

Soaring Voices, Project Overview

     It’s difficult enough when you or a loved one becomes ill, but when the diagnosis involved a rare disease the challenges are even tougher.  Medical information may be hard to find, and often not much research has been done given the small number of patients affected by a rare disease.  Finding support to combat the feeling of isolation is key, as is keeping a positive attitude.

SOARING VOICES Project:  Written explanation, information and links

Video:  Tricky Britches plays their song "A Rare One"

at Local Sprouts in Portland, Maine in support of international Rare Disease Day and issuing an invitation to all rare disease patients and their families to lift their ‘Soaring Voices’. 

Soaring Voices – Patient and Family Videos

     See some moving Rare Disease Day videos made for the Soaring Voices project and created by aHUS patients, caregivers, and their circle of family and friends.

A  Rare One – by Tricky Britches

Music and Lyrics

     Tricky Britches  guitarist Jed Bresette, inspired by one family’s struggles,  created the song "A Rare One" to highlight the life challenges that face rare disease patients.  A Rare One serves as an honest declaration of strength in the face of adversity, and  the

It's a mighty heavy load - Sometimes it's hard to stay afloat, but
You can always count on me to help you through the stormy seas, and
When you feel like breaking down and giving up, just look around and
You will find many people who are just like me - They're just like you

“….and I just want you to know, you are not alone.”


Lyrics for A Rare One are available 3 language, by clicking below for

Lyrics for A Rare One in  English,

Lyrics for A Rare One in  French,

and Lyrics for A Rare One in Spanish


A Rare One by Tricky Britches- (created especially for Soaring Voices) download the  vocal version or an instrumental version of  A Rare One at CD Baby

Tricky Britches generously is donating 20% of profits from their CD Baby music downloads of "A Rare One" to 5 non-profits that serve rare disease patients.     







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The Atypical HUS Foundation encourages patients and investigators to share information and explore options/resources as we work together to gain insight into this rare complement disorder. By increasing contact opportunities with researchers and medical personnel interested in helping the aHUS community, our stories foster a better understanding of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Sharing information, inspiration and support for one another, we seek to gather together people and knowledge as we strive to improve the lives of patients and families dealing with a diagnosis of aHUS.

Be proactive! Get the medical basics of aHUS, what lab values to monitor, and areas of concern...check out the "aHUS Bootcamp" and "About aHUS" tabs at the top of this page!
If your doctor has never treated a case of aHUS, please print out our 'Doc to Doc Registry' and ask him/her to contact a physician versed in the complexities of aHUS and new options for 2011 genetic testing and treatment.


NOTE: Our 'Send a Message" function on each Member's page allows for private discussion of personal content. As with any social network, be cautious about giving personal contact information (home email info, phone number) until you have an established relationship with another person, organization, or associated website.


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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Help us fight the battle

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.


 Donations of a specific dollar amount are welcome-every dollar will help aHUS research efforts supported by The Atypical HUS Foundation at

Donations may be made via credit card or Paypal. If you prefer, checks made payable to The Atypical HUS Foundation may be mailed to:

The Atypical HUS Foundation
C/O Deborah Lewis
PO Box 333
Barnhart, MO 63012

For pearl bracelet orders, please allow extra time for processing checks. Questions about aHUS donations? Please email



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