Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment

Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment

By Luke RosenJuly 11, 2019 Before all this happened, I wrote plays. Before Susannah was diagnosed with a rare neurodegenerative disease; before we started the foundation; before I knew about motor proteins and phenotypes; before special needs; before rare disease policy; before biotech; before that moment in the hospital elevator when everything changed, one of…

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Insights from RARE on the Road

Insights from RARE on the Road

KIF1A mom Jenni shares her insights after attending RARE on the Road, a Rare Disease Leadership Tour hosted by The EveryLife Foundation and Global Genes. At this workshop, Jenni connected with fellow rare disease advocates and found renewed hope for the future of the KIF1A community.

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Today Is A Good Day

Today Is A Good Day

By Charisma FreemanOriginally published May 13, 2019, in FOCUS + Fragile Kids ViewFinder Newsletter KIF1A mom Charisma reflects on the turmoil she experienced after learning her 7-year-old son had been misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy, and how she found strength in her new family—the KIF1A community—to fight for a brighter future.

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How I Became a Stubborn Optimist

How I Became a Stubborn Optimist

By Kathryn Atchley Originally published at 7billionones.org on February 27, 2019 In January 2017, my now five year old son, Parker, was diagnosed with a mutation in his KIF1A gene. After two years of searching, my husband Tyler and I had one answer to so many questions. Why is Parker falling all the time? Why can’t…

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Pause

By Sally Jackson Originally published April 17, 2018 I was recently asked if I was confident that a cure for KIF1A would be found – and the way in which I was asked was very nearly a rhetorical question; “And you believe that a cure will be found, yes?” My answer, though, was not automatic….

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The Elevator

By Luke Rosen Originally published March 8, 2018 A few months ago I was invited to speak to a group of medical students about KIF1A and how our daughter was finally diagnosed with such a rare condition. We talked about the difficulty of accessing appropriate genetic testing, and the delay in receiving results. A student asked me…

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The Shoulder Flop

By Luke Rosen Keeping our kids safe is every parent’s number one job. Even as an adult I associate protection and safety with my childhood home and my loving parents. It’s a great relief when our children finally learn where to go and who to find when they’re in danger. More than a relief, it’s…

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