KENNEDYS DISEASE ASSOCIATION

Rating: 4.55 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: PO Box 1105 Coarsegold CA 93614 USA

Mission: The objectives of the Kennedy''s Disease Association are:1. Financially support and promote medical research to find a treatment or cure for Kennedy''s Disease2. Improve awareness of Kennedy''s Disease in the medical community3. Create a support system for those living with Kennedy''s Disease4. Increase public awareness about Kennedy''s Disease and its effects on families5. Share information about Kennedy''s Disease for those who seek it.
Programs: Fund Kennedy's Disease research grants, support groups, bi-weekly chat sessions, maintain a comprehensive website that provides Kennedy's Disease information for those who seek it, educate the neurological community and the public, participate in an annual conference for Kennedy's Disease with researchers from around the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Delores and I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. My family has quite a few members that have been diagnosed with Kennedy's. My mother comes from a huge family of 12 and many of them were females and carriers. I have 5 known cousins who have the disease but were never diagnosed until after my oldest brother was diagnosed about 10 years ago. In my family, I have 3 brothers with Kennedy's and now, my 28 year old son, was just diagnosed earlier this year. When my brother was diagnosed, I also got the blood work done to see if I was a carrier and unfortunately I tested positive. The genetic counselor offered a lot of support. My son who is diagnosed felt that he might have had the disease as well when he started noticing tremors and muscle cramping. That is when he told his doctor about the hereditary disease and got tested. According to the neurologist, he is the youngest known with the condition. So, the neurology team is studying him. He has had many medical appts since....He is taking it much better than I am..I guess because he "knows". He said the "not knowing" was the worst part of it...but because there are too many of our family members with this, he was more accepting of it.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found the superbly informative KDA site intially by googling KD 2 years ago finally -after 35 years worsening and reporting to doctors and uncertain neurological clinical specialists - having (UK) NHS DNA test confirmation in 2001, aged 66. After diagnosis a clincal geneticist -who'd never encountered KD - said that I might be wheel chair bound in "later years". Other than being told there was no cure, no other information was available. Luckily my great neice holds a PhD in neuro-sciences, being a university lecturer, obtained far more details and arranged for my maternal family's female testing. (which took NHS forever). Although Im never around for chat room sessions (being In the UK) they are very informative and inspiring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me cope day to day with KD

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer none - why change a winner!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is One SUPER Organization and a Non Profit one at that. When I was diagnosed, in 1999 there was NO Information available at all. A very scary spot to be in. I had never heard of anyone with this problem. The KDA web site was a source or real information and even stories of other guys with the same problem. All of a sudden I was not alone, and also the in formation about the research going on gave me hope. After I attended my first conference I felt much better. Seeing tthe varing degrees of how the disease impacts everyone differently.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a real face to face un-varnished truth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more money to donate

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a retired otolaryngologist, and a patient of Kennedy┬┤s disease, my contact with Kennedys association has made me start as an informer, of this rare disease, within, my friends, neurologists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Thanks to their information, we obtained, the clue to know the source (surname) involved in the transmition of the abnormal gene

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to promote similar organizations in all the countries with patients involved

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hello, my name is Peter D Glick and I live in Kentucky. I was diagnosed in the early 1980's with ALS. My mother passed away in 1982 from complications of ALS. My desease progressed very slowly and in 1997 I was rediagnosed with SBMA or Kennedy's Disease. My Neurologist had a single page of information on the Disease. Thanks to the KDA website and linked information sites I found many pages of information. At the KDA Conferences, starting in 2001, I gained additional information and support. Several years ago I participated in a fund raising effort and feel proud that the resulting money collected helped to fund more research directed by the KDA. KDA is an excellent group of caring and dedicated members that are always there if more support and hope is needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Information technology and friendship.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change any thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi, my name is John, from Barcelona, Spain. When I was diagnosed KD in 2000 I know nothing about it. I do not succed looking for another KD suferers in Spain in order to share experiences. Surfing internet I found the KDA and for me was like an island for a castaway. Thanks to them I found myself less alone than before, I have a lighthouse to find my way. Thanks guys, you are doing extremely well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

help myself

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I will do nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

KDA was a godsend to me shortly after I was diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease (in 1996). KDA's web site contains information about the disease, personal experiences, and much good advice. The web site acted as a central organizing influence for the sharing of information and brotherhood. Without KDA, I was alone, as this disease is very rare and even my neurologist was less than fully knowledgeable. KDA provided a point of communication for the NIH, which performed a clinical trial with subjects recruited via the web site, in which I participated. KDA's research donations have been seminal in increasing the knowledge of this disease; at the KDA conferences, attendees can participate by learning more about the gritty details of the biology of the disease. The state of the art for KDA progresses through the KDA's contributions. Weekly chats, forums, and hyperlinks to important sources of information round out the features of KDA that I use. It is an awesome organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased my knowledge of the biology, symptoms and effects of this disease. I learned techniques and product information that has proven valuable in everyday life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it a lot richer so that it could fund more research.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The site is essential for a source for the general public, whenever one encounters the diagnosis of Kennedy's Disease and has no idea what that might be. Families can find out about how to identify it, how the disease is transmitted and what are the latest remedies for the associated symptoms. There is simply no other source easily available to the public.

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See above

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my husbands brother was found by the doctors to have Kennedys, I went on the site KDA (kennedys disease association) to see if my husband could have it. It helped to tell about the testing they do to find out if you have KDA. You can have a DNA done. My husband had the testing done over 6 years ago and he now knows what to expect with the disease he has. They have all the information you will need in one spot and at your fingertips. Most people like my husbands brother are misdiaginosed with Lou Gehrig's (ALS). But with the KDA site we found out different. It is a very helpful site with loads of information. JoAnn

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the help they provided.

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not change a thing.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have just been diagnosed with Kennedy's Disease and had no idea what it was or what to expect. KDA mantains an excellent website that explains the disease. I found details on symptoms, the cause and excercises I could do to maintain my strenght.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

researching

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Update website more oftem.

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