Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Announces Partnership with Allard USA to Increase Awareness About Orthotic Options for CMT

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National Non-Profit and Renowned Orthotic Manufacturer Develop Patient Focused Partnership

The Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, a national non-profit devoted to Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorder, is pleased to announce a partnership with renowned orthotic device manufacturer and distributor, Allard International, based in Helsingborg, Sweden and Allard USA, based in Rockaway, New Jersey. Allard International is a worldwide leader in the creation of innovative orthotic devices for over 50 years, and Allard USA services North and South America. The partnership embodies the philanthropic spirit of the Allard companies, while achieving the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association’s mission of improving the quality of life for those affected by CMT.

“Allard provides an innovative line of Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) which has proven successful with many patients living with CMT,” said Pat Livney, CEO of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association. “Through a committed relationship with Allard, the CMTA is grateful to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for CMT patients across the country.”

An estimated one in every 2,500 people – 2.6 million worldwide – has CMT. It is a progressive disorder that causes the nerve cells leading to the body’s extremities to slowly degenerate, resulting in the loss of normal use of the hands/arms and legs/feet. It may also lead to a loss of sensory functions and structural changes. CMT affects people of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities, yet sometimes is overlooked and not routinely diagnosed in patients.

Allard distributes the ToeOFF Family, offering multiple styles carbon composite devices, varying in the function and stability they provide and designed specifically to assist with foot drop, ankle instability and proximal neuromuscular weakness, all symptoms of CMT. Allard USA also features the KiddieGAIT, a brace specifically developed for growing children as young as 9 months. The ToeOFF Family can be customized to meet the specific functional and comfort needs of the patient. Allard products are available through a patient’s certified orthotist. Allard USA’s focus is to be a partner for othotics and prosthetics practitioners, offering educational programs, training, and marketing support to increase both consumer and professional awareness of new technology that can offer life-changing options for individuals affected with neurologic deficits.

“Testimonials from wearers of our devices have been my inspiration to ‘give back’ to the physically challenged community. This inspiration was the driving factor for our formation of Dralla Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to provide ‘support for better life’ to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities by helping them to fulfill their dreams or visions,” said Peter Allard, President and CEO of Allard International. “Our partnership with CMTA is a major expansion in this evolution to ‘give back’. The synergies between CMTA and the Allard companies is amazing and there is no doubt in my mind that this partnership will change many lives – for the better!”

About the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA):
The CMTA, headquartered in Pennsylvania, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1983. The CMTA’s goals include providing patient support, public education, promotion of research, and ultimately the improved treatment and cure of CMT. Scientific and technological advances have enabled the Association to implement an initiative, known as the Strategy to Accelerate Research™ (STAR), which is designed to lead to new treatments for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder (CMT) within three to five years and possibly to a cure within ten years. For more information , please visit http://www.cmtausa.org.

About Allard International and Allard USA:
Allard USA, based in Rockaway, New Jersey, services North and South America for Allard International, based in Helsingborg, Sweden. It is a family-owned company, owned by Peter Allard. With a total of more than 50 years experience in orthotics and prosthetics, Allard International is committed to the development of products in response to combined patient and technical needs. The corporation takes pride in the continuous research and development of new products, on-time delivery, dedicated and caring management and employees. Allard USA shares the parent company’s focus to be a partner in orthotics and prosthetics, offering educational programs, training, and marketing support to increase both consumer and professional awareness of new technology that can offer life-changing options for individuals affected with neurologic deficits. For more information on the Allard companies and other orthotic and orthopedic products that “make a difference”, please visit http://www.allardusa.com.
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