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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Tragic Disease Bonds Dogs and Kids

I'd never heard of Batten Disease until I flipped on the car radio this morning and heard a story on National Public Radio about how advocates for the two groups mainly affected by it - human children and Tibetan Terriers - are working together to find a cure.

Batten Disease "is a rare inherited genetic disorder leading to a breakdown of the entire nervous system," according to the NPR report.

The story explains how parents of the afflicted kids - who die young, after going blind and losing muscle control - are working with the owners of Tibetan Terrier - the dogs, like the children, have seizures, go blind, and lose control of their bodies - are offering each other support and useful information.

It's a real heartbreaker.

To read or listen to the story, click here.


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