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The Shepard's Gift: GM1 for HD

The Shepard's Gift is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to bring
relief and hope to people and families afflicted with HD and other neurologic diseases.


Specifically, The Shepard's Gift's mission is to promote ovine GM1 for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease (HD) and/or other neurological diseases through education, advocacy, and fundraising. 

Ovine (sheep) GM1 is a natural molecule that has shown great promise in treating and even reversing Huntington's symptoms in mouse models. This research also gives hope for neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Genetic Testing

The genetic test allows an individual at-risk to discover whether they too carry the disease or not. Without insurance coverage, testing can cost between $1,000-$2,000. 

In Vitro Fertilization

Many families who have HD decide to take the in vitro route when having children to ensure HD is not passed to their offspring. However, in vitro can cost up to $30,000.

Medical and Legal Bills

Assisting HD families struggling to pay bills. Many HD families have one or more family member with the horrific disease, but every individual in the family is affected and impacted. Between symptomatic HD patients, and family or medical caregivers, financial burdens can become overwhelming. Many HD patients lose their ability to work and are forced to apply for disability, which can take between 2-3 years for approval, leaving many HD families in desperate need of financial support.

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