Edward Viljoen's Fundraising Page


2010 Butterfly Walk for Cockayne Syndrome - California

Santa Rosa, California

Edward Viljoen's Fundraising Page

Everybody falls in love with Isabella Theresa!   It's the eyes I think, or the hair, or... I don't know...It's just her....I fell for Bella at her baptism ceremony.  So when her mom asked me to participate in this fundraiser for the rare genetic disorder Bella has, I knew I would.
At first I couldn't even remember how to pronounce the name of the disorder - and  hardly anyone I know had heard of Cockayne Syndrome (CS)  a rare genetic disorder characterized by poor growth, microcephaly, progeria (premature aging), sensitivity to sunlight, moderate to profound developmental and neurological delays, and a shortened lifespan.  That's what makes it so tender - its easy to minimize the need for support when the disorder is so rare and so few people know about it.  But it's impossible to minimize it when you know someone who has it.

Because it is so rare, funding for educational programs, exchange of information and support for research is slim.   So we raise funds!!
The Share & Care Cockayne Syndrome Network and our Medical Advisory Board members  have coordinated the first scientific conference focused only on Cockayne Syndrome, which was  held in September 2009 with the leading researchers in the field of CS from around the world gathering in Boston, Massachusetts to share information that will assist researchers and increase interest in helping CS patients.  That's where your contributions will go, to further the work of the Share and Care Cockayne Syndrome Network.

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Much love,

Edward Viljoen



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