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Opinion

October 29, 2013

Do your part to help Glut1 awareness

It’s likely you’ve never heard of Glut1 Deficiency Syndrome.

And that’s why one local family that it affects is doing something about that.

Abby York, 6, had her first seizure at age 2, and eventually was having about 30 small seizures per day.

It would be frightening to know that something is wrong with your child but not be able to know exactly the problem is.

Glut1 is a genetic disorder that impairs brain metabolism, according to the Glut1 Deficiency Foundation. It basically stops glucose from being transported into brain cells.

It is an extremely rare disease. April York, Abby’s mother, said approximately 600 people have been diagnosed with it worldwide.

Abby was taking five medications to help control her seizures before diagnosis. Now she is on one, which soon will be phased out.

Because the disease is so rare, there is not a wide support system available as there is for other, more common diseases.

That is why the Yorks planned an event to increase awareness of the syndrome.

We encourage everyone to get out and participate in the Glut1 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Nov. 16.

If you go

WHAT: Glut1 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Nov. 16.

WHERE: Love-Hatbox Sports Complex Trail.

COST: $20 before Nov. 1, shirt included; $25 day of race, shirt not guaranteed.

INFORMATION: (918) 869-1775.

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