Northwest NEWS

January 10, 2000

Home & Garden

Northshore unites to fight rare disease

   Northshore residents and merchants have poured out support for a rare lung disease that affects only women, women of childbearing years--young mothers, wives, and daughters.

   It is called LAM (Lymphangioleiomyomatosis). It's had a name for over 60 years, but research has been almost non-existent. Smooth muscle grows in the lungs, obstructing the airways. Most women diagnosed with LAM die within 10 years. Woodinville resident Jenny Rackley lost her sister-in-law, Sarah Teeter, to the disease at age 28.

   The Puget Sound Friends of the LAM Foundation needs donations for their auction, to be held March 11, 2000, at the Atrium in Seattle. Donations of goods to be auctioned or direct contributions will be accepted through Jan. 14.

   Contact Jenny Rackley at 425-488-1569 (e-mail: jrackley@foxinternet.net), or the LAM Foundation office at 425-451-1491 to make a donation. For more information about LAM, visit the website at http://lam.uc.edu.