Million Dollar Bike Ride - Pitt Hopkins
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Pedaling for Pitt at Penn

Carmen's not ready to ride for the Million Dollar Bike Ride this spring, but she's donating $20. In honor of her friends, Julia & Lilly.
Please support me in my fundraising effort for Pitt Hopkins Syndrome!
On Saturday May 3, 2014 I will be participating in The Million Dollar Bike Ride in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Million Dollar Bike Ride will raise research funds for the Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. U Penn will match the money raised by each team up to $50K, and award a research grant for our special, rare disease.

I am pleased to be biking as a member of the Disease Team for the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation. Go team PITT HOPKINS PEDALERS!!!

Words from Julia & Lilly's Mom:
Go team "Julia, Lilly and Carmen," with great thanks from the LeGendre-Herlihy family. Sending wishes for a diagnosis for Carmen and others like her, too.

With great appreciation to Mary Jo Silva, mother to Carmen (undiagnosed) and Anna

What is Pitt Hopkins?
Pitt Hopkins is a rare and severe neuro-developmental disorder caused by a mutation of the TCF4 gene on the 18th chromosome. It is characterized by profound developmental delays, problems with motor coordination (ataxia) and balance, breathing abnormalities, seizures and severe intellectual disability. Most individuals with Pitt Hopkins do not develop functional speech. Pitt Hopkins is a random mutation (it is not inherited) and affects all races and both genders equally. Since the gene that causes Pitt Hopkins was only found in 2007, currently there are less than 300 children in the world diagnosed with this syndrome, however we believe there are many more. Because loss of TCF4 prevents neurons from functioning currently, our scientist believe that studying Pitt Hopkins will also give us important insight into other neurological disorders with no known etiology like Alzheimers, Autism and Epilepsy.
Benefits of etiological, gene-based diagnosis include:
1. Misdiagnosis and delays in diagnosis of rare disease patients result in unnecessary office visits, diagnostic tests, hospitalization and inappropriate or inadequate treatment.

2. Knowledge of etiology helps to support medical decisions and improve clinical management.

3. Diagnosis directs urgent care for patients in emergency situations, especially young children or adults who are unable to provide subjective feedback on how they feel, what hurts or where.

4. Family counseling requires accurate diagnosis of an affected child. If the disease gene is known, parents may be advised of reproductive risks in subsequent pregnancies. Families may be able to manage risk by diagnostic testing prior to conception, or in early pregnancy.

5. Some diseases present with chronic health concerns, while others have degenerative trajectories. Early detection enables urgent pre-symptomatic treatment and proactive care for best lifetime outcomes.

6. Families of loved ones with rare diseases benefit from shared experiences and therapeutic strategies. Disease communities are essential in supporting families and researchers, alike.

7. Molecular diagnosis facilitates research into disease mechanism, drives the development of cell line and animal models of disease, and leads to identification of therapeutic targets for drug development. Research may lead to cure or eradication of single gene diseases in the future.

We feel cause for celebration in receiving a diagnosis for our daughters, both now young adults. We're further blessed to have a friend who, despite not having an answer for her own daughters' complex etiologies, has committed to cycle 34 miles in order to raise research dollars for PTHS.

Nancy LeGendre, mother to Julia, age 24, and Lilly, age 22 with PTHS
Alone, we're 300 strong in the fight to help our children with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome. Joined with all rare disease communities we're 25 mil strong in the US alone. Please support these efforts to spearhead rare disease research worldwide.
  • Support Pitt Hopkins Pedalers
  • Help our children with PTHS live their best lives; keep them smiling
  • Help all children find etiological answers that can drive treatment
  • Come to UPenn on May 3, 2014
  • Rare but not alone
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