Thomas Witt's Page

Alpha-1 Foundation, Inc.

Fifth Annual George Washington Bridge Walk

Thomas Witt's Page

Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support-- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

As I think you know, in Sep 1987 I was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, told I had about half the lung capacity I should have had, and given an estimated 2 years to live.  It is a genetic rare disease that stops the release of a protein from the liver which counteracts the destructive action of a white blood cell enzyme in the lungs, leading to all the forms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  I've obviously beaten the longevity projection.  Largely, I think, because I've had available a replacement for my abnormal Alpha-1 (the nickname our "Alpha community" uses) that was developed in the '70's.  I have to give myself a weekly infusion by IV to help protect my lungs from further damage.  Our Alpha disease family has an Association to provide counseling, support and advocacy, as well as a Foundation whose goal is to raise funds to subsidize research seeking a real cure for our disease (or at least, better treatments to prevent the continuing deaths from Alpha-1).  The Foundation's research program is very aggressive and has made substantial progress using grants and donations from people like you.

This May there will be a fundraising "bridge walk" across New York's George Washington Bridge joined by some of the leading researchers into Alpha-1, many of the Association's and Foundation's leaders, and many Alphas and family members.  Whether you want and are able to participate or not, both I, the 6000+ Alphas, and the Foundation would greatly appreciate your donation to help us find a way to stay alive.  That sounds corny and over-dramatic, but it is the literal truth.

Thanks for reading this, and I hope you'll help, as I have personally made a donation ifor the Bridge Walk, in addition to the one I make annually.

Tom Witt

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