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INTERNATIONAL WAGR SYNDROME ASSOCIATION
June 8, 2011

Our general doctor was the one who found the IWSA for us. As first time parents we were scared enough, but when Evie was 3 days old we found out that our lives were about to take a dramatic turn by hearing that she had no irises in her eyes, that she could be at risk for Wilms Tumor and that we needed to have her tested for WAGR/11p Deletion Syndrome.
Thanks to the IWSA, a life that I thought woudl be full of fear and disaster has become one of challenge, joy, perseverance, searching, learning and celebrating. We in the IWSA have changed the acronym WAGR at times to mean Winning Attitudes, Great Rewards, or even What A Great Ride...because as loved ones, we can all see how special our kids are, and how amazing their lives can be...the celebrations far exceed the moments of mourning...
I am so thankful to have found a group that started only a decade or so ago, that was formed by a few moms who said, "There's more of us out there...let's find them"~and now links families across the world via the internet~we are one~we are few, but we are strong!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Better treatments for my daughter Stronger arguments to present information to social workers, teachers, school psychologists and doctors A scholarship to a WAGR Weekend one year The ability to utilize my strengths and weakness and benefit my daughter

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow build an island so we could always be together! After a WAGR Weekend with all the families...gosh, words just can't explain how nice it is to spend time together, supporting one "in person" rather than as we normally have to over the internet.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have been secretary, president and vice president. I write pieces for the newsletter, and the constant contact e-mails that go out, and I have done some fundraising for the group.