Andy turned 30 on Jun 8, 2019! Andy is the reason that we founded FRAXA Research Foundation 25 years ago.
Andy was diagnosed with Fragile X syndrome at age three. There is an image of Andy I can never forget, at 3 years old, screaming, flapping his hands, stomping his feet, seemingly trying to jump out of his skin. He couldn’t tolerate the way he felt. Many children with Fragile X feel this way. Andy is a delight at times, but he still struggles with anxiety and mood swings. He will often hide his face whenever someone walks into the room.
Andy has made great strides this year. He attends a supported farm program which he absolutely loves. He is building beautiful, strong bonds with favorite staff members, an alpaca named Precious and a donkey named Desi – who Andy is slowly and deliberately training to overcome his fears and climb into a trailer.
We don’t know what the future holds for Andy, but we know his best hope is research to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Fragile X.
All donations made for Andy’s fundraiser will go straight to research. Thank you for reading this far and thank you for considering making a gift in honor of Andy.
Without Andy, there would be no FRAXA.