Wright State Softball Supports Julie Brittingham (2015)
Team Member: Kelly Dillow
EVENT DATE Apr 18, 2015
Wright State Softball wrote -
Wright State Softball is back at it raising funds to support the mounting medical expenses of one of our own, Julie Brittingham. Julie is an incredible member of the Wright State family, is the wife of Assistant Coach Dave Brittingham, and has been bravely fighting Alpha-1 since 2000! Last year the softball team raised a total of $1,415 through this site, and this year we hope to do even better with a new goal of $2,000.
Alpha-1 is among one of the most widely underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed disorders, and can result in life-threatening liver or lung disease in children and adults. It is estimated that 21 million people in the U.S. are undetected carriers of an abnormal gene that causes Alpha-1 and often, it takes an average of five doctors and seven years from the time symptoms first appear before a proper diagnosis is made. Alpha-1 occurs when there is a lack of a protein in the blood called alpha-1 antitrypsin, or AAT, the main function of AAT is to protect the lungs from inflammation caused by infection or inhaled irritants.
It is Julie’s hope that continued research to find better treatments along with further education on Alpha-1 will help improve the quality of life for others who have been diagnosed with the disorder and the families that support them. Julie believes it’s important to “Dream Big and Never Give Up! You never know what is waiting for you!”
No donation is too small, and we'd appreciate any way you can help!