Zach’s Team

Zach-Team-Picture-300x198Zachary is an amazing young man who enjoys family and friends. He enjoys being involved with school and participants in the sports programs. This past year he was the freshman assistant football coach, the basketball team manager and now an assistant coach for freshman baseball team. Zach was recently diagnosed with CMT Type 6, a rare form of CMT. This diagnosis came after a life time of countless visits to ophthalmologists, neurologists and orthopedics. Zach is legally blind with a vision of 20/400 and suffers from Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. We have spent a lifetime traveling from specialist to specialist and not one even considered CMT as a diagnosis. It wasn’t until a year ago that Zach’s pediatrician suggested this disease was a possibility. I had never heard of CMT and once we researched it and found out what it was, we were devastated. Further doctor visits to a geneticist were suggested and it was recommended that genetic testing be performed. Exon Genome sequencing is a diagnostic test that had recently become available that helps identify the basis of rare and unusual genetic disorders. Genetic testing was able to provide the answers to a lifetime of questions that were left unanswered and undiagnosed. What’s so amazing is that this disease was discovered over 100 years ago and there is still no cure. Please consider joining or donating to Zach’s Team at http://hnf.donorpages.com/ZachsTeam/ and help us fund research.

Havana Night with Mark Strickland and Max Tucci. Spreading awareness for CMT 6!

Havana Night’s Fundraiser with Mark Strickland and Max Tucci.  Spreading awareness for CMT 6!

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