Dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for a rare bone disease called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP).
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What is Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP)?
FOP turns children into human statues: a healthy mind locked inside a frozen body. It is an ultra-rare orphan disease which progressively turns muscles and connective tissue to bone, permanently fusing their joints and causing immobility. The malformed big toes and presentation of mysterious swellings and/or stiffness are easily identified signs but often missed due to lack of awareness.
There are new research initiatives on the horizon for fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva and trial preparations have begun and this research will impact other more common medical conditions that affect much larger groups of people. Researchers are also looking at what positive impact FOP research/treatments may have for people with childhood brain cancer, osteoporosis, chronic anemia, stem cell therapy, atherosclerosis, vascular calcification and heterotopic ossification experienced by wounded soldiers and a percentage of hip surgery patients.
So please help, because the hope of children and adults with FOP rests with people like you, people who care.
In these rarest of children mother nature has hidden secrets that, if uncovered, would impact all other diseases that affect the masses -
Dr Fred Kaplan
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