The Atypical HUS Foundation

February 2014 Blog Posts (5)

Grab a Camera and your Friends for a RARE DISEASE DAY photo!

     Join “Handprints Across America”, one of NORD’s events for Feb. 28th, global Rare Disease Day.  Simply gather friends, family, classmates, business associates, your faith family, arts group/team –any group of people who CARE about those who are challenged by a diagnosis of aHUS!



Added by Linda Burke on February 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

aHUS Global Survey

aHUS Global Survey 

     Come share your aHUS issues and concerns – lift up your voice to note the challenges of living with this rare and chronic…


Added by Linda Burke on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Raise Awareness - You CAN Make a Difference on Feb. 28th!



Alone we are Rare, together we are strong!  NORD, the USA’s National Organization offers ways to participate in Rare Disease Day – Feb. 28, 2014!

     Let’s see if the aHUS community can host multiple entries with family/school/workplace photos in Handprints Across America!  Look this awareness activity, and check for other ways to…


Added by Linda Burke on February 15, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments



Added by Linda Burke on February 5, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

How's everyone?

Just wondering how everyone's coping with the cold/flu season.  I've seen a few facebook postings, but nothing too scary, thank goodness!

Added by Cheryl Biermann on February 3, 2014 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

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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.


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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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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

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