The VCFS and 22q11 Foundation supports families and persons affected by VCFS or Deletion 22q11.

THe VCFS 22q11 Foundation

Velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) is a genetic syndrome. It is the result of a submicroscopic deletion on the long arm of Chromosome 22 in the “q11” region- deletion 22q11. VCFS affects approx. 1 in 2000 - 3000 persons making it the second most prevalent genetic syndrome after Down syndrome VCFS is the most common genetic syndrome associated with cleft palates VCFS is the second most common genetic syndrome associated with congenital heart defects 99% of the VCFS population will have a learning difficulty or disability 30% of the VCFS population will develop a mental illness VCFS has more than 180 annomolies associated with it The name velo cardio facial syndrome comes from the Latin words "velum" meaning palate, "cardio" meaning heart and "facies" having to do with the face.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

1/2 Marathon for kids with VCFS

This year we not having a fundraising dinner for VCFS,  however we do have a fantastic guy/ parent of a VCFS child who in the past 3 years has turned his life around from fat couch potato to Iron Man.

He is 3 weeks away from participating in the Port Macquarie ½ Iron Man Marathon. He is running for VCFS and raising funds to  help send the kids on a much needed retreat/camp. This would be the first camp of its kind in Australia for VCFS Kids.

I urge you to read his blog and if you are able donate to the cause,  so all the kids get this fabulous opportunity.

Also remember to send Scott a word of encouragement.

Sometimes it takes special people to go out of their comfort zone to help raise awareness and money. I know there are many people in our communities that do this, but obviously this is one close to our heart. It is people like Scott that make me feel like all my work on the VCFS 22q11 Foundation is worthwhile.

You can also visit the VCFS site for details  www.vcfsfa.org.au

Scott in action wearing his VCFS hat.

PS: We are having a VCFS 22q at the Zoo day on May 22 . Just $14 pp  A fun day at the zoo that’s it! see our website for details http://www.vcfsfa.org.au/

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