Our sweet McKayla was born with Angelman Syndrome, which means that she is missing function in one very important gene on her 15th chromosome called UBE3a.
The absence of this tiny gene causes so many big challenges, such as developmental delays, difficulty sleeping, apraxia, dyspraxia, seizures, coordination and balance problems, and the inability to speak. As a result of AS, McKayla has also battled severe reflux, feeding problems, eye problems, and more. She has spent so much of her life in doctor's offices and at therapies.
McKayla has worked incredibly hard to learn even the most basic skills that are so easy to take for granted. She does not stand or walk, but we are hopeful that one day she will reach those milestones. Despite being non-verbal, McKayla communicates in so many ways. She is learning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and that will be her "voice." Every day she shines with her smile, her laugh, and pure determination.
McKayla is the strongest person I know. She fights every day to control her body, to accomplish the simplest of tasks, and to communicate with everyone around her. I want to do everything I can to fight for McKayla, and to make her life easier. I believe a cure for AS is not only possible, it is probable. This is why I feel so strongly about fundraising for AS research.
I've created this page because I'm inspired by the breakthroughs being made by FAST, and I want to do my part by raising money to fund clinical trials for Angelman syndrome (AS).
FAST researchers know exactly what causes AS and have already cured it in the laboratory. Today, five therapy strategies are in development to treat Angelman syndrome. Your donation to my page helps fund all of them.
Please help me support this critical research by clicking the “Give Now” button and donating whatever you can. Every single dollar counts and is appreciated!
The more people that know about FAST, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your contacts.
Since AS is a rare disorder, we truly rely on the support of friends and family members to fund this groundbreaking research.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.