BENEFITING: A-T Ease Foundation
ORGANIZER: A-T Ease Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
A-T Ease Foundation is proud to be a Community Charity Partner in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon!!
A-T Ease Foundation is asking runners to make a difference in the lives of children with Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T). Funds raised by participants will support our mission to find a cure for Ataxia-Telangiectasia and to assist individuals with A-T and their families.
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In 2001 we received some grave news: two precious boys had been diagnosed with an incurable, debilitating, and rare genetic disorder.
Together with friends and family, we formed A-T Ease Foundation to assist children with A-T and their families, to educate the public about A-T, and, through its generosity, to help fund related research programs throughout the world.
A-T Ease consists entirely of committed volunteers dedicated to find a cure. Monies raised are applied towards our mission and not toward paying salaries.
Ataxia-Telangiectasia ("A-T") is a rare inherited disorder that affects the nervous and immune systems, as well as other body systems. A-T is characterized by progressive difficulty with coordinating movements (ataxia) and also small clusters of enlarged blood vessels (telangiectases), which occur in the eyes and on the surface of the skin. Individuals with A-T often have weakened immune systems, increased risk of developing cancer and are very sensitive to the effects of radiation exposure.
Lack of muscular control.
Telangiectases are tiny red spider veins which appear in the eyes and on the surface of the skin.
What is A-T?
First identified in 1957, Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) is a rare genetic disorder that attacks children. It is a degenerative, multi-system disease that affects the neurological and immune systems of children that carry two copies of a defective A-T gene. Although an estimated 2.5 million U.S. residents carry the A-T gene, it is considered a recessive genetic disorder because carriers do not exhibit symptoms. Even more significant, two unsuspecting carriers have a 25% chance of bearing a child with A-T with each pregnancy. Little is known about the disease and misdiagnoses are common.
The gene which is responsible for A-T interacts with cell proteins to repair DNA. When the gene is mutated, it is unable to send signals to repair damaged DNA which results in the progressive breakdown in an A-T child's systems.
How Does A-T Affect You?
A-T exhibits features that are of major concern in medicine today: cancer susceptibility, immune deficiency, progressive neurological deterioration, and premature aging.
10% of A-T patients develop cancer including leukemias and lymphomas.
A-T patients suffer from progressive breakdown of the immune system that is relevant to other immunodeficiencies including AIDS.
A-T patients experience degeneration of brain cells similar to individuals suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases
A-T Ease Foundation was created to:
Build awareness of A-T.
Raise funds to sponsor research into the treatment of, and finding a cure for, A-T.
Educate the general public and the medical community about A-T.
Provide A-T children and their families with resources for medical treatment and support services.
A-T Ease Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible.