The Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program (NTAP) is now accepting applications for the Francis S. Collins Scholars Program in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research. The Collins Scholars program brings together a community of exceptionally well-trained clinician scientists who will be leaders in the field of NF1 research.
“My name is Malorie Lynn and I'm four years old. I'm a pre-KINDER student at a school in Texas. I love riding bikes coloring playing with my dolls and spending time with my mom, dad, sister, and brothers, and what makes me happy is my mom and dad because they take such good care of me.”
I remember the day I couldn’t see out of my left eye. I became obsessed with waving my hand in front of my face, searching for the sweet spot where I could make it disappear. Earlier that year I suffered through a bout of Idiopathic Uveitis. Believing it had returned, I went to the ER expecting to be given a script for steroid eye drops and then be on my way. Wrong! I was told that my optic nerve was swollen and apparently that’s a big deal; I was admitted.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Endurance Team gives participants the opportunity to run, bike, or swim in endurance events across the country. We asked one of our athletes, Dawn Lowell, why she races with us and what it means to her family.
“NF impacts our lives in both negative and positive ways. We have met so many amazing people because of NF that we are so grateful for because they understand and are a great support system. Unfortunately it impacts us in negative ways too, you just never know and every time you think you’ve got a handle on things, something new pops up and brings you back to the realty that is living with NF. You just never know what to expect and every new bump or mark you wonder, is that normal, or is this a new plexiform? Every behavior, is this normal or from her medicine?"