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Foundation for Prader-Willi Blog | Stories of Hope

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 w...

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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 ...

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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 d...

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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...

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10 Lessons In Strength From a PWS Mom and Fundraiser

Larisa Martiniak, mother of two, hosted her first One Small Step walk this fall in Berkeley, California.  We asked her to share a bit of her perspective on what it’s like to find out her child has PWS, and how it has empowered her to take action in t...

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Taking Charge and Changing the Futures of Our Children With PWS

A special contribution by One Small Step host Lisa Matesevac  As we embark on hosting our 5th One SMALL Step event, I stop and think how this all got started for our family. Like most families, we are VERY busy. At different times, we are EXTRA busy....

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Singing, Dancing, Changing the World: Our Mighty Girl With PWS

A special contribution by Noelle Scalzo Our story started out as so many others do with the dream of a "perfect" and "healthy" baby. We wanted to bring just one more tiny human into our world, a sibling for our now 4 year old Danica to play with and ...

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The Nelson Family: Paving the Way for Schaaf-Yang Research

In 2014, when Emma Nelson was born, NICU staff told her parents, Kim and Justin, to prepare for the worst. But for the next two years, Emma had no diagnosis. Kim and Justin were directed from one specialist to the next trying to find answers to their...

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Proud Brothers Cheer On Their Sister With PWS

A special contribution by Jessica Mitchell What did you feel when you first heard the words “Prader-Willi syndrome”? Did you feel sadness? Anger? Relief? If you were anything like me, you felt the “normal” slip right through your fingertips. You read...

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