Hope for Holz
Hello! Thank you so much for coming to my Briggs & Al's Run & Walk page, "Hope for Holz". This event and the mission it supports mean a lot to me and I am thrilled you took the time to stop by. Thank you.
Why am I doing this?
The short answer is that I want to do something that helps kids, especially my own and I can't think of a better organization to support than Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
The longer answer is that by running or walking in this event for Children's, I know I am raising funds that support the care provided to kids, from life-saving cancer and heart treatments all the way to life-changing community care. Every day, Children’s is working to make Wisconsin kids the healthiest in the nation and my support and fundraising is critical to this work.
Our personal story is that in December 2015 our family's world was rocked and turned upside down with a diagnosis of OTC - Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency in our youngest son at 18 months followed by the same diagnosis 4 months later in our 4 year old son. This is a rare disease that is only found in 1/50K-80K. OTC is a rare liver disease that is one of six enzymes that play a role in the break down and removal of nitrogen the body, a process known as the urea cycle. The lack of the OTC enzyme results in excessive accumulation of nitrogen, in the form of ammonia (hyperammonemia), in the blood. Excess ammonia, which is a neurotoxin, travels to the central nervous system through the blood, resulting in the symptoms and physical findings associated with OTC deficiency. Symptoms include vomiting, refusal to eat, progressive lethargy, and coma.
Our hope is that one day there can be a cure for this silent disease, but for now our family will continue to raise awareness of OTC, teach others about the disease and do anything in our power to raise our boys for them to know that this will never define them, but empower them.
I can make a real difference for an organization making a real difference for kids. If you have it in your heart to help, please donate now.
Our fundraising goal: $1,000.00
Raised to date: $50.00