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  

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

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offer none - why change a winner!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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I don't know.

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