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Dear <<First Name>>,

Our 1st Anniversary is just around the corner and it coincides with some exciting updates in our efforts to CURE AGU!

First, thanks to an outpouring of support from you, our Donors, we are so proud to announce that during our first year of operations we received donations and funding pledges in excess of $320,000 locally, and US$1 million globally.  That means we have reached 2/3rds of our initial Canadian fundraising goal and half of our global goal in just year 1 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Although we’ve had a number of fundraising successes in 2021, we’d like to highlight our current campaign.  The Vancouver MCL location of Land Rover and Audi Downtown are sponsoring a fundraising campaign for us over the winter months.  You will see Rare Trait Hope and our AGU kids highlighted in posters in their service areas. If you have one of these vehicles πŸš™ please visit them β€” great timing to get your tires changed for winter β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈβ„οΈ

Besides fundraising, we have of course been working hard with our sister organization in the United States, Rare Trait Hope Fund, to set and meet our milestones for our clinical trial.  On that front, we have truly amazing news!  The money raised to date has allowed us to enter into agreements to start production of the AGU gene replacement therapy.  VGXI, Inc. has so graciously stepped up and given us greatly reduced pricing on the AGA plasmid we will need to treat the kids. See their press release:

See The Press Release!

We are privileged indeed to work with this dedicated team.  As well, we have received bids from several viral vector manufacturers (the viral vector transports the replacement gene into the kids with one injection). We hope to finalize our production agreement with one of them early in the new year πŸ—“

What’s a clinical trial without a research hospital? πŸ₯ We are SO excited to confirm that we have also secured a Gene Therapy Centre in the States to conduct the AGU clinical trial.  With the support of this dedicated and experienced rare disease team πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨β€βš•οΈ we are confident that better days for our AGU kids are just ahead.

Of course, we can’t continue to accomplish our goal of SAVING LIVES without your continued support.  Please, spread the word.  Forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues.  And, PLEASE DONATE!

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Or, you can also send us a cheque to:
Rare Trait Hope Society
2768 West Broadway, #574
Vancouver, BC
V6K 4P4

We look forward to meeting you or chatting on the phone in 2022!
Best of the holiday season to you and your families πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽ

Rare Trait Hope Society
Executive Director
Barbara Insley
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