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Dr Gary Low's Story
We lost Dr. Gary Low, aka Juju, on August 29,2020. He was a cherished son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and dentist to many in the Bay Area. He went from being a full-time dentist in San Francisco (with Dr. Charles Mohn and later with Dr Armand Bedrossian) to his death in 7 short weeks.
For those with CJD, this is not an uncommon story. It was a heartbreakingly, precipitous decline from initial balance symptoms to complete immobility. The swift onset of symptoms left us desperate for help as we navigated the medical system, insurance, hospice and home health care.
We were fortunate to find the CJD Foundation and Michael Geschwind's neorodegenerative disease team at UCSF. The CJD Foundation helped us to obtain the official diagnosis (in 4 weeks). And the team at UCSF helped us understand the disease and its progression, ultimately leading to Dr Low's decision to dontate his body to science.
There is no cure for CJD. In fact, there are no treatments available at this time. There is only HOPE that one day we can find a way to slow its progression and extend a higher quality of life. That is why we walk. And that is why we appreciate any contribution you can make to help us in our quest.
Text to Give
To donate to Team Dr Low, text STRIDES2022 teamdrlow to 50155.
Donations of $250 and above are considered sponsorships.
- Diamond: $10,000
- Platinum: $5,000
- Gold: $1,000
- Silver: $500
- Bronze: $250
Diamond and Platinum Sponsors will have their name or logo displayed on participant t-shirts, the Strides for CJD website, and signage. Gold Sponsors will have their name or logo displayed on the Strides for CJD website, and will have their name listed on participant T-shirts and signage. Silver and Bronze Sponsors will have their name listed on the Strides for CJD website only.
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About Strides for CJD
Strides for CJD is an annual walk/run to raise awareness of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure. Through this event, anyone -- anywhere -- can pay tribute to their loved ones and raise funds for the CJD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Funds raised support our programs including:
- Our 24/7 helpline, support groups, conference, and other family programs throughout the year.
- Research grants to help scientists make important discoveries and bring us closer to a cure.
- Medical education to help raise awareness and understanding of prion disease.