The Dickie Family’s Full Circle Moments with Ectodermal Dysplasia

John Dickie IV was a young adult when he attended his first NFED Family Conference in 1987. His eyes were opened when he saw older guys affected by ectodermal dysplasia who had families and careers. Their lasting impression made him and his family want to give back to the NFED family, too. Read about the Dickies’ ectodermal dysplasia journey, their love for the NFED, John’s adventures and the advice he has for parents.

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.

Team Nikko Finds Home in the NFED

Dave Reidenouer is the kind of dad and grandpa who jumps in to help when his family needs him. For him, family means, “coming together to overcome obstacles and challenges, working together to do fun and good things.” And that’s exactly what his family has done since their first grandchild, Nikko Vecchini, was born affected by hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Read how the NFED became their lifeline.

Leaving My Comfort Zone to Advocate For My Family

As a self-described, shy, introvert, Sarah Ward could never have imagined that she would be meeting with Congress to talk about her family’s rare genetic disorder. The passionate advocate shares her journey and why she has found the strength to speak up!