RARE TRAIT HOPE FUND
Rare Trait Hope Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose main mission is to facilitate the development a cure and raise funds for a treatment of AGU. The organization also works to increase awareness and screening for this misdiagnosed disease, and to be a resource for families, doctors, and scientists world-wide.
WHAT AGU IS:
Aspartylglucosaminuria (AGU) is a rare, fatal, childhood metabolic disorder where body lacks aspartylglucosamidase (AGA), one of lysosomal enzymes. The enzyme is required to break down some sugars, which start to accumulate in the body. It was first described in 1968 in England.
AGU’s initial symptoms are language delay and clumsiness, which appear between two and five years of age. As the disorder progresses, language skills are affected the most and a child might be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (PDD-NOS or Asperger Syndrome). Children usually continue developing until their early twenties, but the learning occurs at a slower rate. An AGU child’s life expectancy usually averages between 25 and 35 years of age, with young adults typically dying from infection. There is currently no approved treatment for AGU.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Donate now to help fund the cure;- Help us spread awareness, so the families will know they are not alone. Like us on Facebook.
Together, we can make the treatment for AGU a reality. Thank you for your support!