We are thrilled to celebrate Oliver's 3rd Birthday! In the last year Oliver has grown and developed in amazing ways. He is quite chatty and loves to run and climb. He is starting to count, loves to listen to stories, and is adored by the whole family. We are so excited to celebrate another year with Oliver as part of our family, and we can't imagine life without him.
He is so "normal", that I often forget that he has GM1 Gangliosidosis. The clock is ticking and the disease will make itself apparent sooner than we care to imagine. Without treatment, Oliver's development will slow around age 4, plateau by age 5, and he will begin to regress by his 6th birthday. We know this because this is what we witnessed with Oliver's older brother, Joey, who was diagnosed with GM1 just two months before Oliver.
GM1 Gangliosidosis (type 2) is an inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord. It has no treatment options other than symptom management.
GM1 will cause him to:
-lose his ability to walk
-lose his ability to speak
-develop skeletal problems such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and hip degeneration
-lose motor control
-lose his ability to eat
Finally, after GM1 has stolen all of his abilities, it will take his life.
Oliver’s birthday wish is for a cure for GM1 Gangliosidosis. Our wish is to halt the disease progression so he can grow and develop to his fullest potential. Sadly, this is not currently possible.
In honor of Oliver's 3rd birthday we are asking you to support the Cure GM1 Foundation. The Cure GM1 Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit solely dedicated to funding research to find a treatment for GM1 Gangliosidosis.
With your support, amazing things are possible. Other similar diseases are having incredible results in trials and we know that a cure for GM1 can be attained, but research is expensive and rare diseases like GM1 are often overlooked. The Cure GM1 Foundation runs very lean, and the maximum amount possible is used to support research for GM1.
Please consider making a donation in honor of Oliver today. He is truly in desperate need of treatment, as are all of the children suffering form the devastating disease of GM1.