Month: September 2016

Peak Serum Sponsors Colorado “Strides for CJD” Event

Peak Serum Proudly Supports the Fight Against Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Peak Serum announced it will be an official sponsor of this year’s Strides for CJD event in Fort Collins on Oct. 1.

The contribution helps the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation continue to fund research and the fight against the degenerative brain disorder, and enables the organization to stage its annual fundraising event, to be held 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Colorado State University Oval.

“There’s currently no cure or treatment for patients with CJD,” Tom Kutrubes, President and Founder of Peak Serum said. “Peak Serum’s support of the event enables the foundation to continue to better the lives of the people who suffer from this debilitating disease.”

CJD is caused by “prions,” proteins which misfold in the brain, with devastating effects, including rapid mental and physical deterioration. CJD is the most common of the “prion diseases.”  Two others, FFI (Fatal Familial Insomnia) and GSS (Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease), are typically hereditary and have a slightly different progression.  Prion diseases are invariably fatal.

“We were so impressed by what the families of the CJD Foundation achieved in 2015, the first year of Strides for CJD,” said Debbie Yobs, CJD Foundation President.  “More than a thousand people around the U.S. joined us last year to stride for a cure, including several hundred in New Jersey.  The funds they raised provided vital support for our HelpLine, family support, medical education, and research programs.  Participants in Strides for CJD also raise awareness of prion diseases like CJD in their communities and through social media,” she added.

On-site registration begins at 9:15, and after the one-mile walk, families may enjoy games and other activities. Parking is available at CSU’s lot 310 or 315. For more information about the Strides for CJD, visit

About CJD and Prion Diseases: Prion diseases are a group of rare, invariably fatal brain disorders.  The best known of the prion diseases is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).  CJD can impair memory, coordination, and vision, and causes mental and physical deterioration. There are no treatments and no cures.  Two other prion diseases are called FFI (Fatal Familial Insomnia) and GSS (Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker Disease).  Those are typically hereditary and have a slightly different progression.

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About the CJD Foundation: The CJD Foundation provides support for families affected by prion disease.  Programs include a seven-day HelpLine, referrals and caregiving information, family workshops, and support groups, as well as medical education and an annual conference for families and scientists.  For more information, call 800‑659-1991 or