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March 24, 2013

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BENEFITING: NATIONAL PKU ALLIANCE INC

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Julie Womack

THE STORY:

The sweet little face you see to the left is my adorable nephew, Everett. He was born with PKU, a genetic disorder that I had never heard of before he arrived. I am working to raise funds for National PKU Alliance, Inc. This is for Everett and others with PKU. Remember, Every little bit helps!  Thank you for your support! - Julie

PKU DEFINED

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder that is characterized by the inability of the body to utilize the essential amino acid, phenylalanine (Phe). Amino acids, usually obtained from the food we eat, are the building blocks for body proteins. PKU is caused by a deficiency of the liver produced enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH).

This enzyme normally converts Phe to another amino acid, tyrosine. Without this enzyme, Phe accumulates in the blood and body tissues. Excess Phe is toxic to the central nervous system and causes the severe problems normally associated with PKU. When left untreated, PKU patients who consume too much Phe are at risk of severe neurological complications, including IQ loss, memory loss, concentration problems, mood disorders, and in some cases, severe mental retardation.

Damage done is irreversible so early detection is crucial. When treatment is begun early (within the first few weeks of life) and rigorously adhered to, affected children can expect normal development and a normal life span. PKU can be treated by a diet low in phenylalanine and high in tyrosine. While there is no cure, in recent years a few drug products have become available that can be used in limited cases to mitigate the effects of the disorder. Other therapies currently under investigation include an injectable form of PAH and gene therapy.

 

MEET THE BENEFICIARY

National PKU Alliance Inc.     www.npkua.org

 

National PKU Mission:

The National PKU Alliance works to improve the lives of individuals with PKU and pursue a cure.

 

Established in 2008, the National PKU Alliance is a coalition of the many local, state and regional organizations that support PKU families. The NPKUA is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by PKU and pursuing a cure though its signature programs in research, education, support and advocacy; accelerating the research agenda that will lead to a cure.   The NPKUA is ensuring that PKU voices are heard—on many critical fronts—because PKU is not yet solved.

 

 

PKU Defined Article and Mission Statement courtesy of:

National PKU Alliance Inc.      www.npkua.org

Redistributed with permission. 

 

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