Owen Gray, 14, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome in the summer of 2014. He was excited about attending his first annual family conference and journaled his thoughts in the days leading up the conference and during it.
On May 17, 2015, Alix McLean Jennings, of Madison, NJ, led Team Cassie in the Superhero Half-Marathon and Relay in Morristown, NJ, in honor of her daughter, Cassie, 8, who has Marfan syndrome. With her permission, we are sharing the letter of gratitude that she sent her many family members and friends who supported her in her effort to raise money for The Marfan Foundation.
This fall, we held the Adopt-A-School Victory Challenge to encourage parents, guardians, grandparents, and any adults to bring our teacher and school nurse resources to their local schools. We randomly selected one of the participants in the challenge as the winner of an iPad mini... and the winner was Eva Marie Seijo, of Virginia Beach, VA.
My daughter, Emma, just started 6th grade - middle school in our district. Like a lot of parents in my town, I watched her get on the bus, looking more grown up than ever, and then stood there for a moment, wondering, “How did THAT happen? Didn’t I just get her to give up her pacifier?”
Twelve years ago I married my husband Mike. Up until I met him, I had never heard of Marfan syndrome. My husband was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome at the age of 9. I came to understand that he had an issue with his heart that he took medication daily for and had echocardiograms to monitor his condition every six months. He was very tall and he had a pectus deformity which had been operated on when he was a child. Being a private person, I quietly read about the disorder and filed it away in the back of my mind, not wanting to talk about it or face the reality of this condition. Within a year of meeting Mike, he had two pectus surgeries. These were very painful but he fought hard and made a full recovery.