Summer 2010 AMAZING!!!!August 6, 2010
Such an amazing summer so far. Ive pretty much been on the road since late June. Back in NYC at the moment. Here is a glimpse of the whirlwind tour!
Pallister Killian Syndrome
Thu, June 24 – Sun, June 27
Where: Mt Laurel NJ
Thu, July 8 – Sun, July 11
Chromosome 18 Conference
Sun, July 11 – Wed, July 14
Mountain States Genetics Foundation’s Annual Education Conference
Wed, July 14 – Thu, July 15
Nobody took my picture here. But this is just as good:
You will be receiving a formal letter of appreciation, but I do want to again thank you for taking the time to come to Denver and present. Everyone adores you and your work!
and we are always so glad to have you join us. As expected, so far all comments are extremely positive. We’ll be in touch soon. Take care and keep us posted of your work. We are in process now updating the 2011 strategic development plan, and I am hopeful that we can find ways to collaborate and support your work in the year ahead.
Kind regards, Susan M. Bryan
President, MSGF Board of Directors
Thu, July 15 – Sun, July 18
CH 18 Europe: First Conference EVER!!!!!!
Fri, July 30 – Sun, August 1, 2010
DM Myotonic Dystrophy: STAY TUNED!!! The conference is next weekend!
Fri, August 13, 2010 – Sat, August 14, 2010
I also wanted to add an e-mail from our amazing Jayne Waithera who is starting up Positive Exposure Kenya to raise awareness and fortify our community in Kenya to protect our brothers and sisters with albinism! Jayne was there representing Positive Exposure but was also the recipient of The Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls! We are all so proud of Jayne. She rocks!
Ghana has been very busy but also interesting meeting young African women leaders from 21 African countries. I have really learnt a lot and this is a great asset for for PE Kenya.
I have also managed to build networks with other regions, I also did a lot of presentation about albinism and my role in PE Kenya and most people have expressed interest in incorporating albinism issue in their projects.
In Ghana I managed to meet most renown human rights activists and I have done a lot of sensitization on our issues.
Side note(I met Her Excellency Mary Robinson former Ireland president and she was really impressed by the cause I’ve taken she said’” That’s a very great initiative as many people around the globe are ignorant about albinism all the best”).
You remember the twelve year old boy from Ghana? I met the mother initially and when she told me the story I suggested to go see the boy at home which I did on Sunday 25th july. This remains one of my greatest achievements so far. I talked to the whole extended family from the basics concepts of albinism and some cultural believes surrounding albinism. The most intresting one was that the whole family believed the boy was born with albinism because the mom ate some sort of beans which the boy was never allowed to take for the last 13yrs. But on this day I broke the taboo by myself feeding on the same beans and giving it to the boy and all this little boy could say was “You are great!” it was really hard to convince them but I made it. Infact we agreed on him having beans twice every week and the mom says she is doing well. Ill send you a detailed reports on the findings.
OOoh dear lemmie pause there is much needed … but we are heading somewhere..
Attached please find photos of the BIG DAY in the boys family house.