The Atypical HUS Foundation

Another successful NORD event in New Jersey!

Back from New Jersey where Steven and I attended the second (I hope annual) NORD event for aHUS patients and families. We met some great people at the kick-off dinner Friday night and conversation was lively and constant. For many, it was the first time meeting others fighting the same fight and celebrating the same victories.

On Saturday, about 30 of us gathered for an educational presentation from Dr. Ken Lieberman, an aHUS expert. Dr. Lieberman speaks very conversationally and his segment quickly evolved into a much appreciated Q&A.

Lisa Phelps, NORD and Sandy Pelkey, Alexion also presented, offering valuable information and patient and caregiver resources.

I was honored to speak on behalf of The Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS and hope that we soon see new faces onboard. We definitely want to keep the conversation flowing!

The majority of patients present had adult onset aHUS and several had just been diagnosed this year. Almost everyone is being treated with Soliris.

We learned that today, the time span between symptoms, diagnosis and treatment is about a week. This is an amazing breakthrough, and proof that new medical research and answers are always in the works.

Many thanks to NORD for providing patients and families time to meet and bond. The opportunity to hear from experts, in a safe setting, together, is invaluable.

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Comment by Barbara Farcher on June 6, 2014 at 10:39am

As everyone already said, Dana was a great representative for the foundation.  This was my third meet up and still came away with a wealth of information not to mention meeting other patients and families is always such a gift!  We are lucky to have so many dedicated people providing us with such valuable events. 

Comment by Phyllis Ann Talbot on June 4, 2014 at 2:20pm

Thanks to YOU Dana for representing the Foundation so well!  We truly appreciate it!

Comment by Chris R on June 3, 2014 at 2:14pm

Agreed. Thanks to NORD and Alexion for a wonderful event that provided a wealth of information and an opportunity to get to know other families in the same situation.  Thank you, Dana, for all the information you provided, too.

Comment by Daniel Sternfeld on June 2, 2014 at 1:41am

I also want to thank NORD and Alexion for a great forum for patients and their families/partners to learn more about aHUS and share experiences. Thank you Dana for your work with the Foundation and your support for those with aHUS and kidney disease.


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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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