Committed to providing resources to individuals about genetic diseases that is informed by patients and families, ThinkGenetic has teamed up with an organization dedicated to the three cerebral creatine deficiency syndromes (CCDS), the Association for Creatine Deficiencies (ACD).
By joining the two organizations in ThinkGenetic’s Advocacy Partner Program, ThinkGenetic and the ACD will work together to boost awareness of CCDS via the complimentary resources available from both organizations. In addition, supporters of the ACD can register at ThinkGenetic.com and earn ThinkPointsTM, which convert into a monetary donation from ThinkGenetic directly to ACD.
CCDS, such as guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency (or GAMT), are inherited metabolic conditions that interrupt the creation or movement of creatine in the body. The body needs creatine to provide energy to all cells in the body, especially for cells in the muscles and brain. People with CCDS can have a range of symptoms and are frequently misdiagnosed as having cerebral palsy, autism, or developmental delay in infancy to childhood. As such, CCDS may be under-recognized.
“We are fortunate to have such a passionate group of CCDS advocates as partners,” said ThinkGenetic President Len Barker. “Combining our genetics expertise and worldwide reach with their intimate knowledge of living with CCDS, we are able to help more people seeking answers to questions about living with these disorders.”
The ACD was established to raise awareness and education of CCDS among the medical community, as well as the public, and to advocate on behalf of families and patients living with CCDS.
“We are excited to be partnered with ThinkGenetic. This opportunity gives greater aid for CCDS patients and families who are searching for additional answers to their genetic disorder,” added Whitnie Strauss, President of the Association for Creatine Deficiencies.
Together, ThinkGenetic and ACD hope to enrich the lives of the families effected by CCDS through partnership.
About the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program: ThinkGenetic enters into Advocacy Partner agreements with organizations, support groups and charities to share information, increase public awareness of genetic conditions and provide trustworthy resources to those living with or caring for someone with a genetic disorder. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to become an Advocacy Partner and visit news.thinkgenetic.com/advocacy-partner-program to see our current listing of Advocacy Partners.