Kaitlyn is our beautiful 8-year-old daughter. She is a laid back, happy little girl even though life can get pretty rough for her.
On her first birthday, Kaitlyn was diagnosed with a genetic mutation called MECP2 Duplication Syndrome. In children like Kaitlyn, the body creates too much of a particular protein called MECP2. The disorder is characterized by hypotonia (weak muscles), developmental delay, mental retardation, limited or absent speech, constipation, reflux, ataxia, progressive spasticity (loss of muscle control), stereotyped movements of hands, teeth grinding, recurrent respiratory infections, gastrointestinal issues, epilepsy, and developmental regression. Our children can suffer greatly even with the ordinary common cold and the greatest number of our children don’t live to see their 20’s.
In 2012, the MECP2 Duplication parents joined together and created the “401 Project” to raise money for research being done through the Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) aimed at reversing the debilitating symptoms of the disorder.
In 2014 the lab of Dr. Huda Zoghbi at Baylor College of Medicine published findings that suggest MECP2 Duplication Syndrome could be completely reversed at any age and level of function! We want to get to clinical trials!
My family is currently fundraising for a project in the lab of Dr. Huda Zoghbi at Baylor College of Medicine that could provide a life-changing breakthrough by reducing the amount of MECP2 that is produced through the use of Antisense Oligonucleotides or ASOs.
We are writing to you in the hopes that you will help us keep this groundbreaking research going. Every bit helps! We would really appreciate your consideration in making a donation in Kaitlyn’s honor. All donations are tax deductible. Please know that your donation could possibly improve the lives of many children and young adults, and for that, we would be most grateful.
Dusty and Kim Bartlett
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