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A blog for the HHT community

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia receives funding for pediatric HHT patients

I had the opportunity to visit our pediatric team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) while in town for a conference. The team was awarded an internal grant of $200,000, and we wanted to highlight the work they propose to do with this project.

Dr. Lauren Beslow (Neurology) kindly volunteered to give me a tour of CHOP. This children’s hospital is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen and is completely designed with kids in mind. Carefully chosen artwork that is cheerfully representative of children with all kinds of abilities, lit-up sculptures of brains, sensory mats on the floor, tabletops with pieces that spin, bookshelves with free books to take home, and colors everywhere truly make CHOP seem like a giant play area where you happen to see a healthcare provider.

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One in a Million

One year ago today, I underwent a liver transplant due to a genetic condition called HHT (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia), or Osler-Weber Rendu Syndrome. Roughly 1 in 5,000 people are diagnosed with HHT. Of that 1 in 5,000, up to 75%, have liver involvement. Of that 75%, only 8% become symptomatic. The data gets spotty after this, and from my research, I can only find 59 documented cases since 1985 of liver transplantation related to HHT.

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Help Keep Us On the Cutting Edge

The turn of the calendar to December marks the kickoff of our year-end appeal, and this year we are asking for your continued support to help keep us #OnTheCuttingEdge. The milestones we have our sights set on next are the kinds of things we could have only dreamed about just a few short years ago. A future exists where therapies – not surgeries – treat the chronic aspects of this disease. And that future is closer than you might realize!

Cure HHT remains a driving force for medical and scientific advancements in HHT, and throughout the month, we will be highlighting the transformational work being done…

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