A Cure for our Granddaughter Zoey, 2018

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Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) has made good progress (50%) in year one of its 3 year goal of $33 million for the Roadmap to a Cure campaign, but getting the rest will be a challenge.  With your help, we raised $7000 last year, plus Bonnie’s and my matching amount.  Please consider helping us reach an $8500 goal this year for “A Cure for our Granddaughter Zoey, 2018”, and we will again match your donations up to $10,000.

RSRT and the scientific community are making progress.  Novartis has acquired AveXis, which is planning a Rett Syndrome gene therapy clinical trial in early 2019.  RSRT is also supporting other avenues of potential cures for this horrible disorder.  Progress is accelerating and we need to continue to help maintain this progress.

Zoey is now 4 and getting to be a big girl.  Despite being trapped in a body she cannot control, she continues to be a happy girl most of the time.  She stills needs assistance to walk, but is standing and balancing longer than before.  She has become very good at making bubbles by squeezing the trigger on her soap bubble gun while I keep her hand on the handle.  We pray Zoey doesn’t decline any further until a cure is found.

We thank you again for your generous donations last year.

Dennis and Bonnie Adair


What is Rett Syndrome?

Rett Syndrome is serious lifelong neurological disorder that is caused by random mutations in a gene called MECP2. Diagnosed almost exclusively in girls, symptoms typically appear in toddlerhood. Many children with Rett are unable to speak, walk or use their hands. Breathing problems, feeding tubes, seizures, anxiety, gastrointestinal and orthopedic issues are common.

Despite the debilitating nature of the disorder our girls are so much more than a laundry list of symptoms. Their beauty and their strength inspire and motivate us.

Rett Syndrome stands apart from other neurological disorders due to the dramatic reversibility of symptoms in animal models. Our confidence that Rett Syndrome is curable guides our every decision.

Learn more about Rett here.

Who is RSRT?

The Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) was launched in 2008 with a singular goal: to drive research to a cure for Rett Syndrome and related MECP2 disorders. As one of the few neurological disorders to demonstrate dramatic symptom reversal in the lab, Rett Syndrome has captured the attention of the world's premiere university and pharmaceutical industry scientists. RSRT is operating at the nexus of this activity, leading and advancing the research agenda.

In 2017 RSRT launched a three-year, $33 million strategic plan called Roadmap to a Cure. The plan prioritizes four scientific approaches that attack the disorder at its genetic core and offer the possibility of a profound reversal. Roadmap to a Cure is the only comprehensive plan ever developed by any organization anywhere to advance a cure for Rett Syndrome.

By funding the most Rett research worldwide, $58 million since 2008, we strive to put ourselves out of business as soon as possible.

Learn more about RSRT here.

Supporters (38)

  1. Matt Freidly  
    1 month ago
    $75
  2. Hershey Matching Gifts 
    6 months ago
    $695
  3. John & Michele Stachowiak 
    8 months ago
    $500
  4. Michael Adair 
    8 months ago
    $100
  5. Anonymous 
    8 months ago
    $100
  6. Michael Waller 
    8 months ago
    $50
  7. Diana Attanasi 
    8 months ago
    $500
  8. John Hnatishion 
    8 months ago
    $100
  9. Bonnie & Dennis Adair 
    8 months ago
    $9,332
  10. Ron Krum 
    8 months ago
    $100
  11. Raymond & Gail Weinstein 
    9 months ago
    $50
  12. Kathy Buesking 
    9 months ago
    $100
  13. Ed & Cynthia Tootell 
    9 months ago
    $250
  14. Michael Waller 
    9 months ago
    $50
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    9 months ago
    $100
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    9 months ago
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  17. Rob Raymond 
    9 months ago
    $50
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    9 months ago
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  19. Helen Stachiotti 
    9 months ago
    $25
  20. Paul Price 
    9 months ago
    $50
  21. Brian McMahon 
    9 months ago
    $100
  22. Richard Gates 
    9 months ago
    $500
  23. Gerald Urich 
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    $100
  24. Suzanne Miller 
    9 months ago
    $100
  25. Pamela Bucher 
    9 months ago
    $50
  26. Mark Novis 
    10 months ago
    $100
  27. David Tacka 
    10 months ago
    $1,100
  28. William Buckfelder 
    10 months ago
    $250
  29. Charles & Kathryn Mackey 
    10 months ago
    $100
  30. Gretchen Fisher 
    10 months ago
    $100
  31. Jeff Edleman 
    10 months ago
    $250
  32. Jeffrey Doane 
    11 months ago
    $500
  33. James Steeley 
    11 months ago
    $250
  34. Bryan Werner 
    11 months ago
    $100
  35. Frank Day 
    11 months ago
    $100
  36. Anonymous 
    11 months ago
    $100
  37. martha petery 
    11 months ago
    $50
  38. Anonymous 
    11 months ago
    $100

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