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24 Hours for Hank

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Hi, my name is Henry, but my friends call me Hank. In November 2007 I was diagnosed with Cystinosis, a rare genetic disease that affects approximately 500 people in the United States (mostly children), and about 2,000 people worldwide. This disease causes the amino acid “cystine” to accumulate in the body’s cells. Over time, cystine buildup slowly destroys various organs including the kidneys, liver, muscles, white blood cells, eyes and central nervous system.

Because Cystinosis is such a rare disease that affects such a small population, research money is scarce to nonexistent. Termed an “orphan disease”, Cystinosis has not been adopted by the pharmaceutical industry because it provides little financial incentive for the private sector to make and market new medications to treat it or prevent it. Yet research on complicated diseases like Cystinosis often lead to advancements in other rare diseases. In 2008 my parents attended a fundraiser in California to raise money for research, and after talking to physicians and researchers are very hopeful a cure will be found some day soon.

In an attempt to help that day come sooner than later, their friends and family started this foundation to help raise funds for research. To date the foundation has raised over $1,350,000 for Cystinosis Research. Our next fundraiser is the 2400 Feet of Schweitzer is March 25th, 2023.


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Recent donors

Recent donors
Date Name Amount
Apr 11 Jesse Weiss Undisclosed amount
Apr 03 Mark Waksberg Undisclosed amount
Mar 29 Anonymous Impressed by the work of the foundation. Have a fun ski day. $1,065.85
Mar 28 Anonymous Keep working to be the change - Dom Undisclosed amount
Mar 28 Anonymous Undisclosed amount
Mar 27 Anonymous $267.10
Mar 27 Hank Amos $107.35
Mar 27 Brook Great job Avalon and Ashlyn! $27.48
Mar 27 Kevin and Laurie Glynn $54.10
Mar 27 Anonymous $213.85