WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING
All donations are to fund research for a treatment for children with MSD. Donations are tax deductible and go to the non-profit formed by Amber Olsen (Willow's Mom) the United MSD Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 (Tax ID:81-3669443) that has been working with the Dr. Steven Gray at the Gene Therapy Center at the UT Southwestern in Texas. The funds will go to the research for creating the clinical trial to form the treatment to help not only Willow, but other children with MSD. For more information regarding our mission, the research, & the families affected by MSD, visit our website: www.curemsd.org
On May 9, 2016 our beautiful baby girl, Willow Cannan, was diagnosed with MSD. The doctors told us to go home and spend time with our daughter, that there was nothing we could do besides be with her and make her comfortable. We found out through our research that treatment was close but lacked funding. We realized we had to develop a plan and put it in action, so we created the United MSD Foundation, located in Ocean Springs, MS, to raise money for a cure. We have been working with a team of experts and doctors from all over the world to get research started so that a cure can be identified.
Gene therapy treatment, which has shown to be very promising for conditions like MSD, is within our reach, but it requires a ton of funding. Timing is critical, as the condition progresses quickly. Willow can no longer walk, no longer eat on her own, and has never spoken. We urgently need your help raising funds so that we can enter the next phase of research to develop a cure. This is Willow’s best chance for survival. Without treatment, she and other children with this condition will likely die a very painful death before they reach 10 years of age.
WHAT IS MSD?
Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD) is a rare lysosomal storage disorder. Children with this condition are born with a mutation of the SUMF1 gene, which means that their bodies do not create sulfatase enzymes. This prevents their bodies from breaking down and recycling natural cellular waste. It is a fatal condition that affects the entire body. Their bodies slowly stop functioning, they go blind, and their brain eventually shuts down (like a fast-moving Alzheimer's). Most children with MSD die before their tenth birthday.
CLEAR TRACK TO TREATMENT
1. Safety Studies
2. Manufacture clinical grade vector
3. Obtain FDA approval
4. Children are treated in clinical trial
Our family, including Willow's sisters (age 16 and 13) are so scared of the life that Willow won't have a chance to live, but with your help, we can save her and cure this terrible condition for all children with MSD.
Thank you for the support.
Tom, Amber, Kylee, Jenna and Willow (Willow's Mom, Dad, and Sisters) & the United MSD Foundation
**No donation is too small, with so many helping, we can reach our goal quickly.
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