Heather Ludlam wrote -
Mike is one of five children. He and his older sister Dory were adopted back in the early 1960s- closed adoptions with no personal or medical history. Dory was an intelligent hard-working lady and a sharp businesswoman. Dory had a devoted husband and three wonderful children. After the birth of her third child in 1999, Dory began to decline mentally and eventually physically. Dory was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease in 2003. HD is a devastating diagnosis- in our experience Huntington's Disease has been a combination of Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, ALS, and Parkinson's Disease. It is a dominant genetic disease, meaning if one parent has HD there is a 50 percent chance that the children will have HD. Dory's family cared for her at home as long as humanly possible, but in 2007 she was moved to the University Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Good Sam's was dedicated to the care of patients with HD, and was the best place available to take care of Dory's physical and mental needs. Dory's husband Kim passed away in the fall of 2008 and Dory herself passed away in March of 2012 at the age of 51. Dory and Kim left behind three great kids who are risk of having Huntington's Disease themselves. Mike and I are sheep producers, and when we heard of the possibility of raising sheep with a genetic trait that might help treat patients with Huntington's Disease, we immediately felt called upon to become a part of the project. It is amazing to finally be able to DO SOMETHING to fight HD after all these years. We are committed to raising these sheep and also committed to helping find the funds to bring GM1 to human clinical trials.