Amyloidosis Foundation





The Amyloidosis Foundation began with the vision of two patients, Don Brockman and Dennis Krysmalski. Don’s desire to support research and Dennis’s commitment to support patients and increase awareness has been the driving force behind the foundation for the past 15 years. Don’s widow, Mary O’Donnell, has led the foundation to become the success it is today.





The Amyloidosis Foundation is the result of the merging in 2007 of the Amyloidosis Research Foundation and the Amyloidosis Support Network so that the missions of both organizations could be brought together.

The Amyloidosis Research Foundation was founded by Don Brockman and Mary O’Donnell in 2003. The ARF mission was to support medical and scientific research for amyloidosis.

The Amyloidosis Support Network has roots back to 1999 when Terry O’Malley began helping patients and developing a website that was dedicated to patient support and awareness. Unfortunately, Terry passed away in 2000 due to complications from Amyloidosis. Dennis Krysmalski worked on the website with Terry and continued the vision. Then in 2004, he officially established the ASN. The mission was to make a difference in the lives of patients and families, and to increase the awareness of amyloidosis among the medical community.



The Amyloidosis Foundation began in 2003 as a small idea to support patients, which has grown into an international resource – celebrating our 15th anniversary in 2018. We provide research grants for all types of systemic amyloidosis, Raise awareness in the medical field for an earlier diagnosis, Educate medical professionals through our Grand Rounds program and attendance at medical conferences and Empower patients through our comprehensive range of services, including accurate up to date information.

The Amyloidosis Foundation is committed to serving patient needs by supporting research and providing annual grants for junior research scientists whose research targets the challenges in the field of amyloidosis.

The Amyloidosis Foundation grant program has supported outstanding research in all forms of systemic amyloidosis. Through our research program we encourage, promote and invest in the medical study and exploration of the amyloidosis diseases.

The Amyloidosis Foundation has a very successful Grand Rounds program, as part of our commitment to raise awareness of the amyloidosis diseases. We will sponsor an expert in amyloidosis to speak to doctors and medical staff regarding the diagnostic tools, clinical protocols and treatment therapies that are currently available.

The foundation is dedicated to encouraging young scientists that show an interest in amyloidosis research, by providing travel grants to physicians and researchers who have completed their medical doctorate or fellowship within the past 10 years. These grants enable participation in the bi-annual International Amyloidosis Symposium.









This pamphlet will concentrate on the most common type of am- yloidosis, AL (light chain) amyloidosis with special emphasis on the cardiac findings. For further reference on ATTR amyloidosis, please refer to a similar pamphlet from the Amyloidosis Founda- tion on this topic.

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This booklet is provided to offer information and understanding of the amyloid diseases in a general manner.

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Amyloidosis is a systemic disorder characterized by extra cellular depo- sition of a protein-derived material, known as amyloid, in multiple or- gans. Amyloidosis occurs when native or mutant polypeptides misfold and aggregate as fibrils. The amyloid deposits cause local damage to the cells around which they are deposited leading to a variety of clini- cal symptoms.

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This animation helps you to understand what AL amyloidosis is, describing how it develops and how it can be treated.

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