We are running to create awareness about a severe disease that affects 1 in every 2500 pregnancies in the US; Trisomy 18.
- 50% of babies who are carried to term will be stillborn.
- At birth, intensive care admissions in Neonatal units are most common for infants with Trisomy 18.
- Less than 10 percent survive to their first birthday.
- A small number of adults (usually girls) with Trisomy 18 are living into their twenties and thirties, although with significant developmental delays that do not allow them to live independently without assisted care giving.
Emilie and I recently learned of a family who's child has Trisomy 18. We are taking this opportunity to run for them and all the children and families affected by this devastating disease. Please help us to raise money for the foundation and create awareness.