Whew! A year that we thought would return to normal was beset with two new COVID-19 variant relapses. In response, we extended our ‘virtual normal’ which began in 2020. We are proud to say we advanced our mission in many impactful ways, thanks to YOU, our wonderful supporters! Please enjoy reading our 2021 Report Card on how your support helped fuel our work to educate medical students and resident physicians, and support game-changing medical research.
Welcome to Mackenzie's Mission
Making a difference in the fight against amyloidosis
My Story by Mackenzie Boedicker
My New Life Fighting Amyloidosis
In April of 2017, I was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a rare and deadly bone marrow disorder that causes a buildup of abnormal protein in vital organs, eventually leading to organ failure. I successfully underwent treatment at the Mayo Clinic, and thanks in large part to my early diagnosis, I achieved complete remission.
This past year I devoted my time largely to Mackenzie’s Mission and the work of the Amyloidosis Speakers Bureau. Outside of the foundation, I work as a clinical technician at a local hospital, gaining valuable hands-on patient experience. Happily, I have been accepted into the Physician Assistant program at Northeastern University, and I can’t wait to return to my alma mater and Boston in the fall of 2022. In spite of COVID, I was able to spend a week in Iceland, taking in their breathtaking landscape and beautiful country. As for my disease, I am on a regimen that keeps my disease under control, and I continue to feel great.
Importantly, as a result of my experience and my desire to give back, I founded Mackenzie’s Mission to make a difference in the fight against Amyloidosis. I invite you to sign up and follow my journey.
The Amyloidosis Speakers Bureau (ASB) had a wonderful year in 2021, settling into a new normal of virtual presentations. We gave 61 presentations to 2,400 U.S. medical students and internal medicine residency programs. We invite you to read more about our exciting and trajectory-changing educational initiative.