Alan Kenedy - PARA.
Who is PARA?
The Foundation of PARA
Incorporated in mid-1997, the Paratuberculosis Awareness and Research Association (PARA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of lay persons with Crohn's disease, their families and friends. PARA was formed because we became aware of scientific evidence suggesting an infectious organism -- a bacterium known as Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) -- may be causing Crohn's disease. At its inception, PARA began contacting a handful of highly regarded researchers and physicians who, despite little or no available funding, were valiantly, sometimes at their own expense, continuing to pursue the truth about MAP and Crohn's disease. Most impressively, these researchers were amassing a rapidly growing body of evidence -- evidence suggesting a causal link between MAP and Crohn's disease. In the ensuing years, the entire story has become increasingly clear and the evidence has become increasingly compelling.
PARA was founded with one objective in mind: To bring an end to Crohn's disease. PARA is a U.S. Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, incorporated in the State of Florida. PARA is an international organization, with members in a number of countries.