Goal: $100,000 • To Date: $133,918
Dear Friends and Family,
We very much hope you and your loved ones are happy and healthy. We’re motivated now more than ever to support the brain research that could dramatically improve the lives of those coping with Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited mental impairment and autism.
FRAXA changes lives and the course of science.
Taylor, now 25 years old, was diagnosed with Fragile X at age two. He is safe and happy at The Center for Discovery where he lives, but the pandemic has taken its toll. Early in 2021, Taylor went silent, suddenly losing all speech and that deep belly laugh we all love so much. Though the exact cause is unknown, this sudden inability to communicate has been deeply upsetting. Speech therapy will likely help him to relearn some words, but once again we find ourselves turning to science in search of real solutions for improving Taylor’s future.
Targeted medications and strategies to treat Fragile X are on the horizon. After funding over $32 million in research since 1994, FRAXA has made some remarkable advances that include the development of novel medications, the advancement of new technologies, identifying new treatment targets, and possibly the most immediate hope for near-term treatment, repurposing of combinations of existing medications, all strategies that could potentially give a voice back to our son.
As a single gene disorder, Fragile X is an ideal laboratory model for studying the brain, and the groundbreaking work FRAXA is funding will likely provide insight into other disorders with overlapping symptoms such as autism, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
As one of the most efficient and effective charities in the world with administrative costs less than 4% of the total budget, top non-profit ratings agencies all give FRAXA the highest marks, but FRAXA and Taylor need your help. Every dollar contributed to FRAXA helps to advance cutting-edge research that gives families like ours hope. We encourage you to once again, PLEASE consider giving generously to FRAXA.
Jeffrey and Debbie Stevenson