In celebration of Amyloidosis Awareness Month, we are excited to share our FACES of Amyloidosis 2023. Each person in this video is affected by amyloidosis. Wanting to put a face with this disease, they also want you to know they embrace the challenge and fight for living life.
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 AL 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 a complete response. I remain on a regimen that keeps my disease under control, and I continue to feel great.
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 continued my travels, having spent time in the Arctic in search of polar bears, as well as exploring the beautiful country of Turkey. I am now working towards my Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies at my alma mater, Northeastern University, with the anticipation of graduating in the Fall of 2024!
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 and the great work we do at Mackenzie’s Mission.
Hereditary Amyloidosis: The T60A Variant
Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis is caused by a genetic mutation which causes misfolding of transthyretin (TTR) proteins (which originate from the liver). There are over 100 genetic variants of hereditary amyloidosis. One such variant, called T60A, is the most common variant in Ireland (and the UK).