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.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Treadmill for 22q

On the 25th August 2011 a very special person will be taking to the treadmill in her local gym to raise awareness of VCFS/22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. @carolinedwyer found out her daughter had 22q only recently. Her daughter is 13 years old.

Our website http://www.vcfsfa.org.au/ will soon have details of how you can sponsor or donate to Carolines treadmill walk. All money will go towards the VCFS 22q11 Foundation.

We will also soon have wrist bands to support this cause as well.

If you have any prizes you could offer as a donation towards the raffles Caroline will be holding during this walk please contact the foundation.

It is so great to see so many people taking the challenge to raise awareness of 22q and VCFS.

It is the 2nd most common genetic syndrome in teh world but still so many  parents are waiting so long to get a diagnosis. We need to bring this syndrome to the pulic arena and help others who have not been diagnosed

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