Sometimes I just don’t know what to say. I’ve had nearly twenty months to prepare and yet I’m still not sure what to write. I’ve felt some self-imposed pressure to … Continue reading Nineteen Months & Twenty-Eight Days
We hope you’ve learned something new this month, but we also hope that you’ve been moved to take action.
What can you do?
- Write/call your legislators. It only takes a few minutes, and it can make a huge difference.
- Donate to organizations like Hunter’s Hope so that they can continue funding the Leukodystrophy Care Network and supporting affected families.
- Read (and tell others about) my book, Even So, Joy: Our Journey Through Heartbreak, Hope, and Triumph. We want Tori’s story to continue to touch lives and it means so much when we hear about others reading it.
Rare diseases aren’t rare as a whole, but each individual disease is considered to be rare.
South Carolina passed a bill after this image was created, so they will begin testing in the next 1-2 years.
Indiana expects to begin testing in 2020.
Pennsylvania will hopefully be testing by next year. We have a bill in the legislature (HB 730, numbered for Tori’s birthday) that will make screening equal throughout PA, and Krabbe will become mandatory. If you live in Pennsylvania, please contact your state representatives/senators and ask for their support!
When Tori was diagnosed (February 2015), only two states screened for Krabbe: New York and Missouri. While this is progress, it is happening too slowly. In the meantime, babies are being born with Krabbe and they aren’t being screened. Lives are being lost – lives that should be given the option for transplant, but their ZIP code means they aren’t given that chance.
We won’t stop fighting until screening is equal.