Cynthia Morales via Crowdrise
October 10, 2014
I decided to run the NYC Marathon to mark the milestone of turning 40. I love my two nieces and two nephews. These wonderful kids make me strive to be a good role model and a good person. Instead of having a big party, I thought I would bring meaning to my birthday and my training by focusing on my youngest nephew, C.J. who has special needs. For my 40th birthday, I would love to raise $4000 to help other kids like my nephew who has Chromosome 15q11.2-13.1 duplication syndrome (dup15q or dup15q syndrome). The funds raised will go to the Dup15q Alliance (www.dup15q.org).
When my nephew was diagnosed, doctors informed my sister that he would never learn to speak and that the manifestations of this syndrome would be unknown. C.J. has his difficulties. Although 5 years old, he can be confused for a three year old. Yet this kid always is smiling, happy and positive. He challenges us to remember what is important in life by always maintaining a positive attitude. Despite the early ominous warnings from the doctor, C.J. is verbal and very active. He loves chasing his dog and playing with all kinds of balls.
Please help me stay motivated to train through the heat and humidity of the summer in Miami. I am dedicating my participation in the NYC Marathon to C.J. Instead of all birthday presents (except for candy), please consider giving a small donation (equal to the price of a beer, glass of champagne or other beverage to toast for my birthday) for my birthday!
dup15q or dup15q syndrome is a clinically identifiable syndrome which results from duplications of chromosome 15q11.2-13.1. There is a wide range of severity in the developmental disabilities experienced by individuals with chromosome 15q11.2-13.1 duplication syndrome. At the present time there is no specific treatment that can undo the genetic pattern seen in people affected by chromosome 15q duplications. Although the fundamental genetic differences cannot be reversed, therapies are available to help address many of the symptoms associated with dup15q. Physical, occupational and speech therapy along with special education techniques can stimulate children with dup15q to develop to their full potential.
Dup15q Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.
Dup15q Alliance provides family support and promotes awareness, research and targeted treatments for chromosome 15q11.2-13.1 duplication syndrome.
Through its work to raise awareness and promote research into chromosome 15q duplications, we seek to find targeted treatments so that affected individuals can live full and productive lives. Together with our families, Dup15q Alliance is working towards a better tomorrow for children with chromosome 15q11.2-13.1 duplication (dup15q) syndrome.