July 31, 2016
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2016
PKU is a genetic disorder that all newborns are tested for through newborn screening with a 1 out of 15,000 chance of testing positive. PKU does now allow the liver to break down protein, which results in a restricted diet and countless hospital visits. Without the proper treatment, protein will damage the brain and ultimately cause physical and mental impairments.
This genetic disorder hits close to home. Although, my sister Kelsey does not like to talk about it and never draws attention to it, Kelsey was born with PKU. She has always been a "frequent flyer" at Boston Children's Hospital having constant blood work done, checking her levels and meeting with nutritionists. Without the proper treatment, support and dedication from our parents, and the understanding from Kelsey's friends, Kelsey may not have turned out to be the young lady we all love today. She is anything but your average 23 year old. She is smart, witty, energetic, sassy, determined, a great dance partner and so much more. She is my bestfriend and the best sister anyone could ask for.
PKU research and medications have allowed her to do anything she sets her mind too. Kelsey studied abroad in Italy, graduated from Providence College, is currently working on her Masters at Boston University and is a full time employee at Boston Children’s Hospital. Kelsey has a huge heart and is always looking for a way to give back to the community. She has never used PKU as excuse and has been an inspiration to many parents when they first learn their child has PKU.
I am running the San Francisco Half Marathon this July to raise awareness for PKU and Allied Disorders. Any and all contributions will go towards NECPAD (New England Connection for PKU and Allied Disorders) will help to get closer to a cure.
Thank you for your help!