Foundation for Prader-Willi Blog | Stories of Hope

Our Challenges Are Opportunities To Be Better People, Says PWS Mom

A special contribution by guest blogger Laura Achlabach

Laura shared her story via our Stories of Hope questionnaire.

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'My Life Was Enriched By Having a Sibling With PWS'

A special contribution by guest blogger Deb Cooper

Deb shared her story via our Stories of Hope questionnaire.

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Uncle Paul Cycles America to Build Awareness of PWS

Paul Golub’s 30th anniversary working for Walmart in Athens, GA, was just around the corner, when his upper management approached him and asked what he would like to do to celebrate the occasion. After spending some time thinking about it, he remembered something that his brother Larry had suggested about 5 years back — that they should ride their bikes coast to coast someday. 

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Camaraderie & Joy : Walking in Washington, DC

I recently had the joy of attending the One SMALL Step walk in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2019. 

Being that I am involved daily in the One SMALL Step community, often helping in the background with technology, logistics, communications and coaching, one might think that by now I am used to the camaraderie, joy, feeling of acceptance and love that comes from attending a One SMALL Step event.  But with each One SMALL Step event that I attend or host, the feelings never fade or dull, they only grow stronger.

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Two Silver Medals: A Child's Achievement Inspires Strength and Hope

A special contribution by guest blogger Allison Shelton

Allison shared her story via our Stories of Hope questionnaire.

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My Son Can Do Anything He Sets His Mind To

A special contribution by guest blogger Marissa Marinan

Marissa shared her story via our Stories of Hope questionnaire.

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From the CEO's Desk: Together We Can Make Cutting-Edge PWS Research Possible

As my second month in my new role as FPWR's CEO concludes, I would like to reflect on some of my early observations and experiences with this truly incredible Prader-Willi community. 

During the short time I've been in this role, I've met or spoken with many volunteers and caregivers and now have begun to build an understanding of the enormous challenges you face on a daily basis and the incredible investment you're making in FPWR’s research to improve the lives of individuals with PWS.

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PWS Mom's Courage Grows as the Story of Her Daughter Unfolds

A special contribution by One Small Step host Bailey Beasley

“Something came back on the microarray.”

We had just landed after being care flighted to a large children’s hospital. We had been in the NICU in our hometown for two weeks with undiagnosed low tone and poor feeding. Now, our Catherine was fighting for her life against bacterial spinal meningitis and the neonatologist was telling me that if she survived there was worse news. The next morning we receive a preliminary diagnosis: Prader-Willi Syndrome. The doctor listed all of the problems our precious baby would face and when she explained the hunger I lost it. It sounded like a life sentence of misery. Would my baby ever be happy?
 

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Dad Believes In an Amazing Life For His Son With PWS

A special contribution by Brian Kalasek

My introduction to PWS probably started very similar to other PWS families. We were admitted to the NICU on day 3 of Paxton’s life. He hadn’t really “woken up” yet, but the nurses and doctors up to that point didn’t seem too concerned. They kept telling us he had WWBS, Wimpy White Boy Syndrome. Funny I thought, I’ve been fighting that for the past 36 years myself with limited success. By the end of the day 3 though everything had changed, we went from what we thought was a healthy little boy in the morning to total despair by dinner time.

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Two Moms, 5 Years and $1.7M for PWS Research

Becky McWilliams and Samantha (Sam) Chipetz are a force to be reckoned with! In addition to managing successful careers and juggling a family, therapy appointments and play dates, these two hard working moms have been fundraising for PWS research for more than 5 years! Dedicated to finding treatments for the challenges that their sons, Brandon and Kieran, face on a daily basis, Sam and Becky have hosted walks, galas and other fundraising activities which have collectively raised over $1.7 million! 

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