Julie is a member of the Vascular Cures Advisory Board. She is dedicated to encouraging patients to educate themselves about their vascular health conditions. She wants to help others to be better equipped at being their own advocate. Julie is not a typical PAD patient. She started to have claudication symptoms (pain while walking) when she was a teenager. Sadly, her symptoms were ignored by doctors until her mid-forties. After undergoing several leg bypass surgeries, Julie was finally diagnosed with a new and rare genetic condition called ACDC, or Arterial Calcification due to Deficiency in CD73. Julie is an active mother of three grown children. She continues to hike or bike every day.