AEC Syndrome Doesn’t Stop Us from Giving Back

The Shimchick family has faced many challenges caused by ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip and/or palate (AEC) syndrome. Denyse and her three children are all affected. Together, they have been through 217+ surgeries! Despite their medical needs, the family has made volunteering a key part of their lives. Find out how they strive to help others.

Growing Up with the NFED: Meet Virginia

Virginia Higgins was just five years old when her mom, Fredia Shimchick, heard about a mom in the area who was looking for other families affected ectodermal dysplasias. Their family would be one of the first 12 families who called NFED their ectodermal dysplasia home. Find out about her love for the NFED family and why she gives back.

AEC Syndrome: What to Know If Your Baby is Affected

If your baby has been diagnosed with ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip and/or palate (AEC) syndrome or if you suspect he or she might be affected, you have come to the right place! Here are some key things to know and resources to help you care for your baby.

Don’t Sweat? Here’s What You Need to Know

Keeping your body cool when your sweat glands are missing or don’t work can be a daily challenge. Our new library article explains all about sweat glands and how they work – or don’t. Learn about hypohidrosis, the signs of overheating and ways to stay cool. Families weigh in on what’s working for them.

Our Special Grandson

Donna Garrett-Miller details how her grandson, Noah, was born with complications that led to an Ankyloblepharon-Ectodermal Defects-Clefting (AEC) syndrome diagnosis.

Volunteers Needed for Ongoing AEC/EEC Research

Volunteers are needed for ongoing research to design novel therapies for the treatment of skin and cornea lesions that occur in individuals with ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip and/or palate (AEC) syndrome or ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting (EEC) syndrome. The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias has supported this research led by Maranke Koster, Ph.D. at University of Colorado Denver.

Using M&Ms to Teach About Ectodermal Dysplasia

The following presentation is a very simple way to introduce the ectodermal dysplasia to your child’s classmates and teachers. We published this article years ago but it’s still a great idea for parents to use in their child’s classroom. Levi is now an adult who has his own family! By Kim Howard My son’s name…