Deater Foundation, Inc. was birthed twenty years ago out of a vision by two siblings from a very large extended family that was afflicted with a debiliting, inherited disease now known as HSAN1...who wanted to be able to financially support the on-going medical research of the disease in hopes of expediting a treatment or a cure in the future. This very large family was very committed to the goals and mission of Deater Foundation, Inc. Not only did this very large family volunteer to donate blood for DNA samples, they also gave of their finances--sacrificially--in order to enable DFI to meet its goals. This large family has been blessed, over the years, with renowned doctors and researchers, who have worked tirelessly in order find answers to their questions. A major breakthrough occurred in 2000 when the research team discovered the location of the defective gene that causes HSAN1 on Chromosome 9. Since that time, the research has been able to focus on a treatment and/or a cure for HSAN1. I remain committed to DFI because I am hopeful that a treatment and/or a cure for HSAN1 is on the horizon.