Women's Mini Marathon 2011
The Women's Mini Marathon 2011 is happening on Monday. For all those raising funds for Alpha-1 we are meeting at the front of the Shelbourne hotel at 1.30pm. Best of luck to all taking part.
The Run For Alpha-1 2011
A group of Alpha One Foundation supporters will run in the Dublin City Council/BHAA road race on the 9th April 2011.
This race will take place in St. Anne's Park, Raheny with a ladies two mile race begining at 11am and a mens four mile race beginning at 11.30am. The entrance fee is €15 (for non-BHAA members) and all levels as well as supporters are welcome.
Best of luck to all taking part.
Irish Daily Mail interview with Alpha-1 patient
Today's Irish Daily Mail (February 21st 2011) has an article on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) written by their health editor Petrina Vousden (page 12).
In the article Alpha-1 patient Orla Keane explains how she was first diagnosed and how she is living with the condition. Professor Gerry McElvaney chairman of the Alpha One Foundation also contributed to the article. He explained the importance of testing patients with lung and liver disease for Alpha-1 as "Ninety five per cent of people with Alpha-1 are totally unaware of it". The national targeted detection programme for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a screening programme funded by the Department of Health, and has tested over 5000 Irish individuals, a quarter of which have some evidence of the condition. The key is early diagnosis of the condition, which can help prevent or postpone the development of lung disease and leads to more effective management.