Mia McClendon

by Jill McClendon

Supporting: Love Some1 with Glut1 2022 for Glut1 Deficiency Foundation



Meet Mia! After experiencing seizures and abnormal movements at age 5 months, she underwent genetic testing and was diagnosed with Glut1 Deficiency Syndrome at 10 months of age. She began a medical ketogenic diet in January 2021. Her first year on the diet, was a challenge. She had multiple hospitalizations due to acidosis and other factors. In November of 2021, she received a G-Tube to help manage the diet and give her the maximum opportunity to grow and develop. She receives multiple therapies a every week including speech, occupational and physical therapy. A medical ketogenic diet is currently the only treatment for Glut1 Deficiency. Although she is developmentally delayed, the diet has helped Mia grow and learn new skills and we hope that she will continue to show gains the longer that she is on the diet. It is also our hope that there will be other treatment options available in the future. All fund raised as part of this campaign will help push that research forward and for that we are truly grateful!

Each year, from Valentine's Day to Rare Disease Day, the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation hosts the Love Some1 with Glut1 campaignIt is an important opportunity to increase awareness and educate others about this rare disease while raising essential funds to help better serve the needs of our patient community through our mission programs.

In addition to our regular activities, we are working on some big and important goals for 2022

  • host our 9th family conference to bring families together to meet, share, and learn 
  • host our 2nd scientific convening for researchers and clinicians to exchange knowledge and ideas 
  • launch our Research Roundtable program to build a collaborative research network 
  • begin implementing and funding our newly developed patient-led Research Compass
  • launch a natural history study to better understand life-long patient experiences
  • expand our educational exhibits to reach and teach new audiences of medical professionals
  • create a new website to serve as a hub for information, support, connection, and hope

All of this year's campaign donations will be used to drive research progress and provide funding for projects in our new Research Compass.

Thank you for your part in helping us reach our goals and supporting our mission as we continue our work to bring help and hope to everyone, everywhere, who is affected by Glut1. 

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