XLHED Clinical Trial Opens in the U.S.

We have great news for XLHED families in the United States. The first site in the U.S. has opened at Washington University in St. Louis for
EDELIFE, the prenatal study for XLHED-affected boys. Learn about the treatment they are studying and how it can potentially impact XLHED symptoms, including the ability to sweat.

Little Girl with Goltz Syndrome is Born A Fighter

Katherine Watts is a two and half year old little girl in Virginia who’s going places. Figuratively and literally. This little lady is in constant motion and is also quite the fighter. Since she was in the womb, she’s had a team of doctors who care for her many complex symptoms caused by Goltz syndrome. Learn about her challenges and what her parents had to learn quickly.

Families Educate 50 Doctors and Students About Their Unique Ectodermal Dysplasias Symptoms

Learning about rare conditions like ectodermal dysplasias in a medical journal article or textbook is certainly valuable for medical professionals. But, getting to meet eight individuals with seven different types of ectodermal dysplasias all in one morning is a unique and extraordinary opportunity! More than 50 dermatology professionals at Saint Louis University got that chance thanks to our families.

Celebrating 40 Years with Our Family

The 2022 NFED Family Conferece was a great success. Every year, the NFED invites the families it serves to convene at the conference to learn and most importantly, to connect. We laughed, we cried, we danced, and we can’t wait to see you next year!

40 Years of Support

Andrew James’ first year of life was traumatic, requiring many ER visits for unknown reasons.

When his parents finally had a reason for their baby boy’s health challenges, ectodermal dysplasia, they turned to the NFED for support.

The NFED is proud to have supported the James family and other families like them for 40 years!

A World Where Families Are Fierce and Strong

Gavin Cochran’s KID syndrome diagnosis leads a Montana family on an amazing journey where the typical milestones of childhood are huge victories. Read how the spirited six-year-old handles deafness, missing teeth, lack of vision and other medical challenges and where his parents found the support they needed.

How Powerful Storytelling Could Make ELSA a Law

We have the most amazing Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA) advocates! Our contacts on Capitol Hill tell us that the reason the bill has garnered incredible support in a short amount of time is because of our grassroots efforts. It’s because families affected by congenital anomalies bravely share their personal stories with Congress. That’s exactly what happened again on Tuesday, June 21 when 314 advocates met with 49 U.S. Senate offices for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) Virtual Advocacy Day with the Senate.