BENEFITING: MASONIC MEDICAL RESEARCH LABORATORY
EVENT: The Boilermaker 2015
EVENT DATE: Jul 12, 2015
Heart disease can strike anyone at any time and at any age
In many cases, genetics plays a key role in determining if we are predisposed to heart disease that could lead to a fatal arrhythmia, sudden cardiac death, sudden Infant death dyndrome (SIDS) or atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of stroke.
This year MMRL Boilermaker Charity Bib Runners will be running to raise money for our Genetic Screening Program. The amount raised will determine how many additional patients we are able to screen for gene mutations. Many of the people we serve live and work in the Mohawk Valley. EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS 100% OF ALL DONATIONS STAY LOCAL AND 84% OF EACH DONATION GOES TO HEART RESERCH.
It Did Not Have To Happen
For Hyla, it all changed on Easter Sunday a few years ago.
Hyla was 29 and seven months pregnant with her second child. She and her 17-month-old daughter Tatiana were in the kitchen and watched her husband Erik slide down the kitchen counter and lie motionless on the floor. One minute he was laughing and talking about their future. A half-hour later, Hyla was a widow.
Erik, a victim of undetected Brugada Syndrome, did not have to die. Tatiana did not have to watch it happen. And Hyla did not have to give birth two months later holding only a photo of her deceased husband.
Today, thanks to work done at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL), Hyla’s daughters most certainly don’t have to suffer their father’s fate. Using molecular genetics and molecular biology, MMRL scientists were able to test family blood samples for the gene defect. With that confirmed, proper precautions were taken to minimize the girls’ risk for cardiac events.
Science and medicine are intangible items to most of us until they are needed. Whether by accident or natural events, when our quality of life is threatened or potential loss of a loved one, friend or even our own life, we instinctively expect the surgeon, physician or medical team to save that life or restore the quality of life. In most cases, we thank those who had a role in restoring health or life but rarely the scientists at the bench. What you may not know is that every cure, treatment, medication, diagnostic tool or life advancement has its roots in basic science.
The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) is at a new threshold of discovery that will create a paradigm shift in how we fight and treat disease. No longer will we treat disease based on symptoms presented but rather at the root cause. Our molecular genetics program identifies the genetic basis for life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Working with clinicians, from all over the world, we receive blood samples for genetic analysis from members of families that are afflicted with sudden cardiac death syndrome. Not only have we been able to discover gene mutations but the ability to identify drugs that can be used to prevent death in a number of these syndromes.
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