Help us help kids like Katie!
Katie is a happy, vivacious, gregarious, 5 year old twin who loves her sister Emma, going to Kindergarten, and playing with her friends! She is obsessed with horses, all things Cinderella, and loves to draw and color! Katie is the child she is today because of her experience at Rady Children's Hospital. She was diagnosed with an ultra rare genetic autoinflammatory disease at Rady's when she was only 14 months. The name of her disease is Cryopyrin Associated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS). Katie is one of roughly 300 people in United States who has CAPS, so she really is "one in a million." Due to her early diagnosis, by Dr. Hal Hoffman, the doctor who discovered the genetic mutation for CAPS, she was able to start medical treatment at 14 months to control the often debilitating and life threatening side effects of her disease. Early diagnosis and intervention are the two key factors that contributed to Katie's successful management of her rare genetic disease. With the new genomics institute opening at Rady's it is our hope that many more children will be able to have this same type of outcome. While there is no cure for Katie's CAPS, we know that in the future there will be and we want to support our local children's hospital on their ongoing quest to provide the most amazing care for our San Diego children. If it were not for Rady's, our family would be living a very different life at this time and I can't imagine what that would be like. Please help us help kids like Katie by contributing to our fundraising goal! Wishing you much love, hope, and faith!