The Portuguese Association for CDG (APCDG) and CDG&Allies–Patients and Professionals Association International Network (PPAIN) are determined to raise funds to foment CDG research, the key to improve diagnosis, management and find therapies for such a group of rare diseases.
CDG are a family of rare metabolic diseases with more than 130 types identified and a wide and severe clinical spectrum. The majority of CDG still do not have a cure and targeted therapies are scarce. Although the immune system is often affected, and high child mortality numbers are due to severe and recurrent infections, CDG Immunology is still an unknown and unexplored field.
In line with the activities of the 16th May World CDG Awareness day, APCDG is launching a new fundraising movement and appealing to all community to join us in facing this urgent unmet need.
‘APCDG and CDG&Allies-PPAIN are devoted to accelerate research for all CDG types in an holistic manner. There is a high sense of urgency in the immunological knowledge for CDG because if we learn more about this area, it can really save lives and improve patients’ and family members’ life quality! The importance is clearly seen by the fact that other CDG patient groups are making a joint effort with us to address this and support this project financially. We are globally united to help CDG children and adults!’, said Rosalia Felix, mom to a CDG patient and APCDG founder and vice-president.
For the past 2 years, CDG&Allies-PPAIN invested in research to unravel immunological involvement in CDG (WG CDG & Glycoimmunology) after identifying the lack of knowledge in this area as one of the biggest needs from the patient perspective.
‘We witnessed that immune symptoms are extremely worrying for CDG families because each infection puts their kids in danger. Glycans and the immune response are interrelated influencing the function of every cell and system in our body. The more we investigate, create and share scientific knowledge, the more we contribute to the development of better and precise therapies to treat our patients’ explained Paula Videira, CDG&Allies–PPAIN director and Glycoimmunology Group Leader.
The fundraising campaign for the Immunology Project will be active from May 16th until May 31th and we encourage everyone that wish to be involved to visit, watch the video and donate HERE.
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*World Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) Awareness. Education. Diagnosis program 2018 - 2022*
“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed” – Thich Nhat Han
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the World CDG Awareness. Education. Diagnosis program for 2018 – 2022.
Based on our global and holistic vision about CDG, we are launching a series of awareness and educational materials, particularly dedicated to less frequent CDG types.
CDG are unknown and commonly misdiagnosed rare metabolic diseases. In order to learn about the families’ needs directly from the CDG community, back in 2015, the Portuguese Association for CDG (APCDG) coordinated the first “CDG Think Tank”. One of the outcomes was the urgent need to raise awareness for rarer CDG types.
“This new program is very ambitious, highly representative of CDG heterogeneity, and has a very clear message – Let’s not leave anyone behind!” affirmed Rita Francisco, CDG PhD student and advocate (volunteer at APCDG and CDG & Allies-PPAIN).
This series starts with an infographic dedicated to PIGN-CDG.
“We are creating several patient-friendly infographics aimed at explaining the symptoms of less frequent CDG types. Doctors and families will unite to run a global campaign to educate and inform around these CDG. We are also actively raising funds to support the creation of these resources” said Rosália Félix, Mother to a CDG adult patient and APCDG vice-president.
These resources are crucial for an early and accurate diagnosis which can improve the patient's quality of life as well as to improve treatments and care for their disease.
We deeply acknowledge the collaboration of all the volunteers working on developing these FREELY available resources. Especially to the families, who actively participated in the creation and improvement of this informative poster.
“This poster will be a great resource for families diagnosed with CDG-PIGN. It provides information that is easier to understand than the complex medical papers. This campaign also provides hope by sharing some of the successes of our amazing children.” explained Kerry Blondheim, CDG Mom.
With our news, comes a CALL for participation from you CDG Families and Professionals.
Download the PIGN-CDG infographic HERE.
“It’s important for the whole CDG community to have accessible resources! I think good communication leads to increased knowledge and knowledge is power!” - concluded Sandra Brasil, CDG postdoc researcher and advocate (volunteer at APCDG and CDG & Allies-PPAIN).
Let’s spread CDG Awareness like never before! And without leaving anyone (anywhere) behind!
How can you spread the word about CDG using these resources?
APCDG is nonprofit-organization aimed at fostering breakthrough research that make an important difference in the lives of patients and their family members. Our actions are performed at the national and international level. Learn more HERE.
The worldwide CDG patient community joins efforts around this day to put together awareness, fundraising and education campaigns with a global dimension.
2nd May 2018 - Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) are a family of rare metabolic disorders. There are approximately 100 different forms and the great majority still do not have a CURE. From 2 to 16 May, the CDG patient community will encourage families, friends, researchers, clinicians and companies of this community to participate in a variety of activities that will ultimately accelerate treatments and improve care for CDG children and adults.
Theme for this Year
The theme is “CDG is rare, but research should not be”.
“The CDG community is more prepared and committed than ever to join efforts that will put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with CDG and their family members face every day. This year, May 16th will be a historic day as the CDG global voice will set up lots of activities around the world aimed to raise awareness, to educate and to fundraise for a group of diseases who urgently needs treatments and good medical care”, said Vanessa Ferreira who created this day back to 2016 (APCDG founder and sister to a CDG patient). Indeed, Duncan Webster (Foundation Glycosylation – FoG president and father to a CDG patient) believes that “This day is important to raise awareness in order to continue to build on the great progress to date. More children are being diagnosed and the CDG families are joining together and collaborating with healthcare teams and researchers. Treatments and therapies are urgently needed! Support the fight for the beautiful children in need!”
Aiming to reach these goals and to respond to the needs of the CDG Community, CDG worldwide patient groups have partnered up for the 2018 World Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) Awareness Day campaign, which kicks off TODAY. “CDG CARE is delighted to support this year's World CDG Awareness Day Campaign! Through our efforts to raise awareness, promote education, facilitate collaboration and increase fund development reserves, we will be able to effectively advance CDG diagnosis and treatments options for the CDG Community.”, said Andrea Berarducci (CDG CARE president and mother to a CDG patient).
“With global joint efforts we will make this day our CDG day. Together we support research but also spread information about this syndrome” added Anne-Kristin Ottosson (Swedish CDG organization).
Until the big day (May 16th) there are many ways you can join this campaign, support the CDG Community and raise awareness for these patients and families. “As a CDG community we have reached a new level of collaboration in order to achieve new treatments and an ultimate cure for CDG. There is so much determination and willingness to help among the various patient-driven groups; It’s inspiring! This year, on May 16, we are going to do everything in our power to educate our community about CDG. Kids and adults with CDG deserve the attention of the researchers and we are their voice. ”, said Misak Zetilyan (Amour Fund founder and mom to a CDG patient).
“Communicating and recognizing CDG is essential. It helps to improve diagnosis and research. Then, for CDG families and relatives, knowing more about the disease is of great help for its management and therefore to improve quality of care and consequently, better quality of life.”, added Nathalie Harvey (CDG patient representative from France and member to Les P’tits CDG).
“Research is definitely the key to open new avenues for earlier diagnosis, better management and new therapeutic solutions for CDG. May 16 is the day to raise our united voices and let the world hear about our strength and determination. Only an informed and educated community can understand the importance of participating and contributing for projects that will lead to research advances and ultimately better life quality for patients and their families.” added Carlota Pascoal (MSc, CDG researcher and volunteer for APCDG and CDG & Allies - PPAIN).
How to participate:
As World Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) Awareness Day is approaching, the CDG community needs everyone’s support in raising awareness, educating and raising funds to help children and adults living with CDG. “We need the world to know about CDG, because only through the incredible support of people we can find answers and a cure. Talking about this rare disease can change many lives and on May 16th we need you to help us spread the word and educate our communities about it.”, said Barbara Vulso (CDG Italian and Ireland patient advocate and mom to Leo).
Creating awareness will help the CDG community their goals and more research for CDG becomes a reality. Raising awareness and increasing knowledge about CDG among the whole community is the only way we can move forward, as “By uniting our efforts, we will build a less bumpy road. Dissemination is the way to spread knowledge. We dream to build a basis to improve the quality of life of CDG families. The World CDG Awareness Day is a beacon of hope that drives more resources and scientific knowledge that will help CDG families to know how to face the difficulties associated with this disease”, stated Sandra Pinto and Jorge Palomero (CDG parent advocates, architects specialized in universal architecture and parents to Martin,
members to APCDG and AESCDG).