A LETTER FROM OUR Co-FOUNDER
I am Co-Founder and Past President of the Alport Syndrome Foundation. This organization was a dream of mine since 2004 when I lost my brother at the age of 38 to the effects of this disease and more of my family members were diagnosed. We learned that my mother, myself, my two sons, and my brother and his two daughters were affected. I wanted to connect with others dealing with the same issues for support and resources, but there was nothing available at the time.
Thanks to tireless volunteers and generous supporters, we have built an organization from the ground up. Together, we have raised and invested close to $2 million in research, and helped thousands of patients and families lead better lives.
Yet Alport syndrome remains a rare disease that gets relatively little attention and funding. Awareness in the medical and patient community needs to be further strengthened. Research conducted over the last several years gives hope that we may be moving closer to understanding effective pathways for drug therapies, the first human clinical trial is in progress, and there are other potential drug therapies in the pipeline.
This forward momentum must be sustained. ASF continues to build awareness and interest in the medical and patient communities, and to dramatically increase the amount of resources applied to making Alport syndrome a treatable disease.
Your support can help make this happen. I challenge others in the Alport community to get involved. There is only one requirement – your desire to make a difference in the lives of patients and families dealing with Alport syndrome. I look forward to the day that all of our children will not have to worry about the effects of this disease. I am committed to accomplishing this through the Foundation. I hope you will join us.