WHAT IS EDWARDS SYNDROME?
Edwards Syndrome is 1 of more than 7,000 rare diseases affecting 1 in 6,000 births. More commonly known as Trisomy 18, Edwards Syndrome is a genetic chromosome abnormality caused by an error in cell division. When this happens, instead of the normal pair, an extra chromosome 18 results. Due to several life-threatening medical problems, many individuals with Trisomy 18 die before birth or within their first month.
The U.S. has seen tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19, but there are still causes for concern in the rare disease community. Emerging data shows COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective for people with some immune compromising conditions. Patients and caregivers with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, new mask guidance or other best practices to stay safe, are urged to talk to their health care team, particularly if they have received a solid-organ transplant, have immunocompromising conditions, or are taking immunosuppressive medications.
Elijah Wayne Edwards, Full Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome). Elijah was born March 28, 2017. He is 4 years old. Read Elijah’s blog.
LEAP is an instructional resource program promoting health literacy, community education, patient advocacy, and public policy.
ZEBRA is a comfort care program offering support and end-of-life solutions to families living with Edwards Syndrome.
STRIPE is an economic assistance program designed to help with the financial burden associated with rare medical complexities and specialized medical care.
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Kareem & Sarita Edwards are parents to Elijah Wayne, a vibrant little boy prenatally diagnosed with Edwards Syndrome, Full Trisomy 18. They have 20+ years of professional experience in Business & Healthcare Management. Kareem is a Senior Manager for a Fortune 500 Logistics Company and serves as the foundation’s VP of Operations. Sarita, whose professional background is Healthcare Management, serves as the foundation’s CEO & President. Kareem & Sarita are rare disease legislative advocates, members of multiple coalitions, and serve as community congress members providing advice and insight on urgent policy initiatives. Additionally, Sarita serves on the executive boards for other nonprofit & community organizations, participates in workgroups centered around diversity, equity, & inclusion, and is a member of advisory councils within the state and across the country. Kareem & Sarita hold Bachelor of Science Degrees in Psychology and Health Science respectively; and continuing education studies in effective parenting & childhood behavior, evidence-based public health practices, nonprofit leadership & financial management, and risk mitigation. Kareem & Sarita have four other children, Jeffrey, Rian, Josiah, and Jeremiah.
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