In 2018 the members of FCBN voted to choose a nonprofit organization and include a fund raising element at each meeting. The first charity chosen was Helping Hands for GAND.
The first year the network raised more than $1000 and in 2019 raised nearly twice as much. In just two years FCBN raised over $3000 to support GAND's research efforts. To learn more about GAND, read below or visit the group's website: www.gatad2b.org.
What is GAND?
GAND stands for GATAD2B-associated neurodevelopmental disorder. The GATAD2B gene is located on chromosome 1 (at 1q21.3) and is an important gene for normal cognitive development. Although there are only a few published cases, most patients so far identified have had intellectual disability, low muscle tone, limited speech, strabismus, and distinct physical characteristics, including tubular-shaped nose with broad nasal tip, short philtrum, and sparse hair. Nearly all cases of this disorder occur through a de novo (i.e., new) mutation in the GATAD2B gene and are, in these cases, not inherited from either parent. However, affected siblings are possible and have been noted in identical twins and in rare cases when one of the parents has low-level mosaicism, meaning that a small percentage of the cells within that person have a different genetic makeup. Children of individuals with GAND would have a 50% chance of sharing the disorder.
"This is an organization near and dear to my family," said Frost Weaver, chairman of FCBN. "I am grateful to everyone who enthusiastically participated in the fundraising efforts."