My daughter, Kassidy, was diagnosed on March 10, 2006, with stage IV neuroblastoma when she was 6 years old. She has undergone several doses of high dose chemo and transplant, radiation, and antibodies. We travel to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. After 6 years of doing so, we have run out of travel funds. Miracle Flights for Kids is paying for our next trip! We are so very grateful to them for helping not only our family but so many others.
My son was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome in 2009. The lists of facts and figures on the internet was terrifying. I could only find one charity specifically dedicated to ALGS, but it was based in the USA and I am from the UK. I was desperate for up to date information so I dropped them a line to see if they could send me some. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that their service extends world wide. I receive regular newsletters, I am able to access their message boards, I freely chat with people all over the world on facebook and have made some of the best friends I have. Most of whom I shall never meet, but who the alliance has united. Dealing with a rare disease can make you feel isolated, uninformed and helpless. The Alagille Syndrome Alliance provides facts, support, research grants and anything else they can think of to ease the lives of those connected to this disease, with a view to one day eradicating it completely. I will be forever grateful.
We were devastated and scared when we learned our newborn son had a rare liver disease. In 1995 there was almost no information about Alagille Syndrome (ALGS) on the internet. Finding the Alliance gave us hope. With their help we were able to connect with other ALGS families, learn more about ALGS and find doctors familiar with ALGS. Our 17 year ALGS journey has been so much less of a struggle because of the friends we have made and the support we have found through the Alliance.
We have benefited greatly by this organization it has taught us a great deal about our sons condition and resources such as Colorado Children's Hospital contacts.
After 6 months and many tests trying to figure out what was wrong, my daughter was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome. It was great to have a diagnosis, but what did it mean??? The Alliance was the first place I ended up. I was able to get key information for the care of my daughter. I learned about CHOP and the annual Gehman picnic. We attended the symposium in SanFrancisco. We made freinds for life. It is a community where you can go for support and ask questions. What a blessing it has been.
My son has Alagille Syndrome and when he was diagnosed in March 2012 I felt my world came crashing down with the devastating news. But as I did research I found this Alliance became my go-to for updates, questions and most importantly, finding others to connect with!! I love the growth charts the Alliance has provided because they are more accurate than the standard charts for baby boys. I also love that my family gets to participate in our first Alagille Syndrome Awareness walk this year and I would have never known about it had I not connected with families in the Massachusetts areas. Great group and I'm so happy to be a part of it!
My daughter was born with Alagille syndrome. The Alagille Syndrome Alliance was a God send to me. I will forever be grateful for the love and support and encouragement I have recieved from them. It is a rare disease and I was able to find others who could help me navigate through the actual day to day functions that were missing in textbook articles.
My niece has Alagille Syndrome which is why I became involved with the Alliance. We started as a small group and have grown into a full fledged support group for ALGS families. We are now embarking on another chapter of our organization with our recent announcement of funding ALGS research. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Alliance, and I look forward to the future.
As a life science professional with the goal of developing treatments for patients organizations like the Alagille Syndrome Alliance are the key to bringing new treatments to patients. The alliance is not only focused on supporting patients and families in managing their condition but also focused on helping the life science community understand this disease and working together to provide funding for research and supporting research in many other ways. Often times it is organizations like the Alagille Syndrome Alliance that act as the collective voice of Alagille patients and families across the country that help make new therapies a reality.
Thanks to the Alagille Syndrome Alliance we were able to find a lot of relevant information when our daughter was first diagnosed. They helped to connect us with other families in similar situations. Also, since Alagille is a rare disease, it was very important to connect to the right doctors. They were very helpful in finding the right doctor for us. Every four years Alliance organizes the Symposium for the families. It is a very informative event where they pull medical experts and families together for multi-day informational sessions. From what I heard, it is very rare to have such an active Alliance for a rare condition. Thank you for all your help.