For decades, the Congo red histologic stain has been essential to confirm, or rule out, the presence of amyloid in a biopsy specimen. But how did the stain get the name Congo red?
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 am in complete remission.
In December 2018, I moved back to the Washington D.C. area after finishing a nearly two-year term as a research associate at Harvard Medical School. I learned an incredible amount about scientific research, its value, and the translation of the work back into the clinic. It has continued to energize me as I apply to medical school in the coming year. While in Northern Virginia, I shadow an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where I’ve been shadowing on and off for over six years. In my spare time, I continue coaching youth hockey, something I have come to truly love, and volunteer as a head coach for a U19 girls ice hockey team. I continue to feel great and remain disease free.
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 below and follow my journey.