November 15th is International 15q Day!
Together with the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization and the Dup15q Alliance, the Angelman Syndrome Foundation is raising awareness of the similarities between Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes. Join us on November 15th to help raise awareness and support for these three related disorders.
Why November 15th? The genetic complications within Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes all originate from the q11-q13 region of the 15th chromosome, which is written as: 15q11-q13, and directly correlates to November 15, 2013 written as a numerical date: 15.11.13—which only comes once every hundred years. Therefore, organizations that support individuals with these disorders have joined forces to create International 15q Day on November 15th.
Same Difference. Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes are different disorders and each is caused by different genetic variations within the q11-q13 region of the 15th chromosome. However, our three related disorders share overlapping symptoms, and each disorder is commonly misdiagnosed with another disorder due to lack of awareness.
The following graphics illustrate the genetic variations that cause Angelman, Prader-Willi and Chromosome 15q Duplication syndromes, and the symptoms that each disorder share.
How you can help. On November 15th, help raise awareness by sharing this page with your friends and family, colleagues and other connections—and wear blue!
Thank you for your support!