Organized by the XLH Network, the virtual week will run Oct. 3–10. Those wishing to take part need to register here and pay a fee of $25, which includes access for an entire household for the whole week, an app, an event T-shirt, and a swag bag (gifts).
The Virtual XLH Week includes more than 12 sessions focusing on important topics for XLH patients and caregivers.
Mutations in a gene called PHEX are the cause of XLH, a disease characterized by low levels of phosphate in the blood. Phosphorus is a key mineral for the development and growth of bones and teeth. It also plays a role in regulating the normal function of cells and is key for cell structure.
Dental care is one focus of the online event. Teeth problems are common among people with XLH, with children being prone to tooth abscesses. Adult patients also are prone to tooth infections and may develop periodontitis (a gum disease).
What the future holds for research into XLH and physical therapy also will be a topic. During a panel discussion participants will discuss the challenges of coping with XLH, focusing on mental health.
A session dedicated to support caregivers’ needs and challenges will be led by Cristol O’Laughlin, the founder and CEO of the Angel Aid Cares, a non-profit organization offering relief services to caregivers through health and wellness training, retreats, and a global mother-to-mother network.
Nicole Boice, founder of Global Genes — a non-profit advocacy organization for people diagnosed with rare and genetic diseases — will lead a session titled “The Rare Journey – It’s What Unites Us.”
During the week, participants will be able to join the “Break with Yoga Stretch.” A “Kids Talent Showcase” is scheduled for Oct. 3
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