The Cute Syndrome Foundation is celebrating the First International SCN8A Awareness Day on February 9th with the other family-based advocacy organizations including Ajude o Rafa and Wishes for Elliott, as well as individual families are reaching out to share the story of the grave impacts of this newly identified epilepsy. For more information about SCN8A Awareness Day visit: www.scn8aawarenessday.net
February 9th will mark what would have been the 21st birthday for Shay Hammer whose father Michael, at the time a population geneticist, was the first to isolate the SCN8A gene as the cause of his daughter’s struggle with epilepsy. Sadly the discovery came weeks after Shay’s sudden and unexpected death in 2011 at 15 years old – the first documented case of SUDEP in a child with an SCN8A mutation.
Visit the Cute Syndrome Facebook Page to follow our campaign in honor of SCN8A Awareness--featuring SCN8A children along with the things that the world might not know about life of those affected by SCN8A mutations.
Order your SCN8A Awareness Day shirts and support the SCN8A Registry!