We are so EXCITED to announce where our next three Family Conference will be held! Last year, we were on the East Coast. This year, we went to the West Coast. Our next stop is…
Christine Gottschalk found it heard to hear that her perfect son had ectodermal dysplasia. Worse was learning insurance wouldn’t pay for his care. It made no sense to her that some day, her son may have to choose between paying for his dental care or paying for a college education. She decided to take action and invites others to advocate with her.
Aubrey Vora has spent her lifetime attending NFED Family Conferences. In her family’s journey with ectodermal dysplasia, she learns about the many ways to be human, being a member of the tribe and how you can impact someone’s life simply by showing up.
As a baby, Weston Walker experienced all of the same issues his mom, Randi, had when she was born. He struggled to breathe. He choked and spit up a lot. He didn’t cut teeth. For Debbie Reed, Randi’s mom and Weston’s grandma, it was heartbreaking to live it all over again. They visited doctor after doctor, asking if this was normal. Read how a diagnosis changed how this grandma looks at life.
Beth Tascione and Jonathan Weil didn’t think about it too much when their one-year-old daughter’s tooth came in pointy shape. But when the second one did, too, they got curious. Their online investigation led them on a journey to learn about ectodermal dysplasia, advocate for their daughter and raise funds for the organization that helped them every step of the way, the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias.
Kerri Fasulo had a long list of questions when her young daughter was diagnosed with a rare condition. She had no experiences to help her find her way through what lay ahead. Soon, she found the resource that made her realize she was not alone.
I was born with x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) because of a random mutation. The NFED was a bridge between the two worlds I felt I lived in: one where I could pass as someone who looked unaffected and the one where I knew the issues I faced as a person affected by XLHED. Once I got married and started talking about wanting children was when I began volunteering with the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED). I will not give up volunteering with the NFED until we find coverage for my son, Liam’s, teeth and the many others affected by missing teeth.
Each year, we hold our Family Conference to provide life-changing experiences for our NFED families. Annually, 300 to 400 people from all over the world and the U.S. get to experience that they are no longer alone, that they feel connected and that they finally get to have the experience of talking to doctors who…