Our Josh was born with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, which means he is missing a small piece of his 15th chromosome called UBE3A. Because of AS, Josh faces many challenges such as developmental delays, sleep and seizure disorders, balance and coordination problems and limited speech.
Josh works incredibly hard to accomplish the most basic skills that we all take for granted. Each day he shows us his pure determination to succeed. Despite being non-verbal, he always has a lot to say. That is why we want to do everything we can to fight for Josh and to make his life easier. We truly believe a cure for AS is not only possible, it is probable!
So what does a cure mean to our family? A cure to us would mean Josh would be able to communicate his basic needs through speech, be able to walk with better coordination, be toilet trained, be able to dress himself, and be seizure free. We want this for Josh. He deserves this!
We've created this page because we were inspired by the breakthroughs being made by FAST, Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. We want to do our part by raising money to fund clinical trials for AS. FAST researchers know exactly what causes AS and have already cured it in the laboratory. Please visit cureangelman.org to learn of the amazing work the FAST scientists are doing to make a CURE possible.
Today, five therapy strategies are in development to treat Angelman Syndrome. Your donation to our page helps fund them all. Please help us support this critical research by donating whatever you can. Every single dollar counts and is greatly appreciated!
We truly rely on the support of friends and families to fund this groundbreaking research for a cure for AS. The more people that know about FAST, the greater their impact, so please also help spread the word by sharing this page with your friends and families.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!