Allison Ruggiero

Supporting: Love Some1 with Glut1 2020 for Glut1 Deficiency Foundation



For most of our daughter’s life she has battled more than 30 seizures a day (despite being on multiple seizure medications), a movement disorder (which makes her arms, legs and neck move without her control), a developmental disability, a speech disorder, episodes of temporary paralysis and overall daily rapid energy loss. She even requires the use of a wheelchair from time to time.  She missed out on so many activities because we were just trying to get control of the situation. 

In November 2017 at the age of 11 our daughter Allison was definitively diagnosed with Glut1 based on a result of specialized test. Getting a Glut1 diagnosis took us 11 long years, several pediatric neurologists and other specialists, countless hospital stays, endless labs and tests, incorrect diagnoses and a lot of tears.   

Since her diagnosis, Allison has been on the medical Ketogenic diet which has changed her life. It is not a cure, it does not work all the time, but it has helped her reach milestones that we never thought would be possible.  We have flown several times to Dallas Texas to meet with specialists and last year Allison participated in a clinical trial there in hopes for a better treatment.  This past summer our family went to our first Glut1 Conference in Washington DC.  We learned so much from the many presentations and the other parents and patients that were there.  The experience gave us so much hope and inspired us to keep doing whatever is necessary for our daughter.  

Our family is grateful for all the work the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation is doing and are hoping to raise money for them to help fund research, awareness in the medical community, a more complete treatment and hopefully a cure.  Thank you for showing your love for Some1 with Glut1 and giving "our" someone with Glut1 hope for a better future.

The Love Some1 with Glut1 annual campaign is the signature awareness and fundraising event for the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation, running from February 14-29, Valentine's Day through Rare Disease Day. It is an important opportunity to educate others and raise much-needed funds to help better serve the needs of our patient community through our mission programs for increased awareness, improved education, advocacy for patients and families, and support and funding for research.

Thank you for helping us reach our goal and supporting us as we continue our work to bring help and hope to everyone, everywhere, who is affected by Glut1.  You make our mission possible.

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