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We first met Paul and Sara, a couple in their mid-twenties, in 1985. Paulhad watched his father suffer with and die from Huntington's disease - aslow, fatal neurodegenerative disease with mid-life onset. He wanted toundergo a DNA marker test that had recently been developed because ofresearch funded by the HEREDITARY DISEASE FOUNDATION. To do the test, bloodsamples from many of Paul's relatives were needed. Unfortunately thedisease already had claimed much of his family.
Paul had to wait until 1993, when the research group created and funded bythe HEREDITARY DISEASE FOUNDATION found the actual gene that causesHuntington's disease.
"I just need the truth" Paul told us before he left the office. "Whateverthe result, I'll be all right."
Two weeks later, Paul and Sara, holding hands, received the result.
"I'm sorry," they were told. "It's positive."
The HEREDITARY DISEASE FOUNDATION's dream is that Huntington's disease willbe stopped before it has time to take over Paul's body. Our mission is tofind cures for Paul and Sara and others like them who suffer fromhereditary illness.