Liliett Alarcon’s home in Cuba is filled with the joyful sounds of Caribbean music when her son is playing his drum set. But the Caribbean weather—very hot and very humid—can be tough at times for Manuel since he doesn’t sweat. Learn how Manuel is coping and how his mom. doctors and community support him.
Leah Steenson was worried and scared when her daughter was diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia but that all changed when she found the NFED. Find out how she’s teaching her happy kindergartener to speak up for herself and explain her condition.
This month, we shine the Volunteer Spotlight on Amanda Swanson, a fourth-year dental student. Learn how a long-time NFED volunteer’s meaningful relationship with his dental patients inspired her to get involved with the Foundation and help families affected by ectodermal dysplasias.
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.
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!
If you are coming to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) this July— and who isn’t?!— you may want to add some extra days to your trip to see the sights in St. Louis. Make it a family vacation! The NFED office is located just across the Mississippi river in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Here are our tips for where to go and what to eat when you visit our hometown.
The excitement in the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) office is beyond wild! Finally, after two long years of not holding a Family Conference, fighting the ongoing pandemic, and social distancing, we are finally going to reunite our family. It’s critical that we do everything we can to keep you healthy at Conference. Please read what our Scientific Advisory Council and staff are asking of all who attend.
Did you ever just want to go someplace where everyone accepts you? Then you need to go to the NFED Conference, says the Johnson family. They are “veterans” when it comes to attending Conferences. Having attended numerous events since 1998, they share their wisdom and ask you not why attend…but why not?