Family and friends,
After searching for 8 years for answers, Claire was diagnosed with Glut1 Deficiency in February 2009 at 10 years old. It is a rare metabolic disorder that causes her to have absence seizures, difficulties with coordination, and some mild articulation issues. Currently there is no cure for Glut1 Deficiency, but the Ketogenic Diet is used to control and improve symptoms. Shortly after her diagnosis, Claire began the Ketogenic Diet. It's challenging and very time consuming to maintain, but it has been such a blessing to our lives. Since starting the diet, Claire has been seizure free for almost 9 years! This has allowed her to excel so far beyond what we ever dreamed possible. She will be graduating from high school in a few months and will be attending college next fall. She plans to study Nutrition, so one day she can help other kids that are on special medical diets like her.
Your support for this campaign will help raise awareness and funds for research for Glut1 Deficiency, that will hopefully lead to a cure one day soon! All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for showing your love for Some1 with Glut1 and for helping us bring help and hope to the Glut1 Deficiency community.
Glut1 Deficiency is a rare genetic condition where glucose doesn't reach and fuel the brain properly, resulting in a wide spectrum of neurological issues affecting brain growth, learning, movement, speech, and often causing seizures. There are fewer than 1,000 people diagnosed in the world, but experts believe there are many, many more patients still waiting to be found. Because Glut1 Deficiency is so rare, many in the medical profession don't have the knowledge they need to diagnose and properly treat it.
There is a very effective treatment for most patients - a ketogenic diet, and the earlier patients are diagnosed and start treatment the better the outcome. As fortunate as we are to have the diet, it is not a cure, not a complete treatment, and it is not easy. We need more research for better understanding, better treatment options, and ultimately a complete cure.
The Glut1 Deficiency Foundation is working hard to bring help and hope to the Glut1 Deficiency community.
The Love Some1 with Glut1 annual campaign is our primary awareness and fundraising event. It runs from Valentine's Day (February 14th) through Rare Disease Day (February 28th), and it is an opportunity to spread awareness and raise much needed funds to help better serve the needs of the community. All donations help fund our mission programs for increased awareness, improved education, advocacy for patients and families, and support and funding for research.
some highlights our supporters made possible in 2017
Please help us continue our mission.
We can do so much more together than any of us can do alone.
please watch our special thank you video
Please visit our website to learn more about Glut1 Deficiency and the work of the G1D Foundation.