Spreading Joy: Announcing the Awarding of Six Connor James Smith Patient Assistance Grants Totaling Over $15,000
In many cases, insurance covers the bare minimum for patients with rare genetic disorders like SCN8A, which leaves families footing the bill for necessary medical equipment, therapy devices, educational aids, medications, outpatient therapy costs, home and vehicle modifications, etc. The list is a mile long and the expenses add up quickly.
All of these out-of-pocket costs can create a financial burden that forces caregivers to make difficult choices about: choosing between life-saving medications or necessary medical equipment; choosing to sacrifice the physical health of their bodies because they cannot afford to remodel their bathroom to make it ADA accessible; choosing to pay for costly outpatient therapy instead of enjoying a family activity.
Hello SCN8A Community,
Founding The Cute Syndrome Foundation and running it these last almost 9 years has been one of the greatest honors of my life. This foundation has been responsible for some of the greatest lessons, friendships, and joys of my life. Sometimes it happens that a thing you've made takes on a life of its own. This is what has happened with TCSF. That is why I am writing today with an announcement: I am thrilled to share with you the appointment of Kacie Craig as our new Executive Director. Many of you know Kacie, mom of Stella, as the host of our Meaningful Change and Clinical Trial Readiness Series. She also runs our weekly book club and has served on TCSF's volunteer executive committee. Kacie will be here to lead TCSF into the next era as we move into expanding our support, engagement, and educational efforts for the SCN8A community.
As I transition to supporting TCSF from a role on the Board of Directors, I am reflecting on the tremendous work we have done over the years. Our family support group and programming has expanded to offer programming year round to serve the educational, social and emotional, and engagement needs of the SCN8A community. Our revenue has increased 10-fold in our time focusing on SCN8A. We are fortunate to have a clinical trial enrolling in our community. This organization is currently run by a number of committed family members of individuals with SCN8A.
I am so proud of what we have accomplished. And I am so thrilled to see what is to come under Kacie's tenure.
The Cute Syndrome Foundation is announcing the departure of Juliann Bradish, PharmD, as our Co-executive Director. Juliann will be remaining on as a volunteer at TCSF, turning her focus toward the administration of our support group. Juliann began volunteering for TCSF in 2015, serving as our SCN8A Advisor. She then joined Founder Hillary Savoie, PhD, as Co-executive Director in 2017.
Juliann with her family at our 2016 SCN8A Clinician, Researcher, and Family Gathering