Holiday Greetings from Eileen Braun, Executive Director, Angelman Syndrome Foundation

Donate Today

Thanksgiving - it seems it is on the path of being “the lost holiday”, scrunched between the more “exciting” holidays of Halloween and Christmas. Indeed, according to the National Retail Foundation President and CEO Matthew Shay, “By the time Halloween rolls around each year it’s safe to say Americans have already spent two months preparing for one of the fastest-growing and most widely-loved holidays of the year.” Once Halloween is over the focus often rapidly changes to holiday gifts and spending and the countdown to the much-anticipated “black Friday” and door-buster sales, some now falling on the Thanksgiving holiday itself.

So why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Some see it as a time simply to pack up and visit relatives or over-indulge on hefty holiday treats and delights. Quite frankly, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. It is a quieter time; a time for reflection and gratitude for all of the many, many blessings we so richly receive every day. Our blessings come to us in different ways, but if we are careful to observe and acknowledge them I believe we would all find that each of us is abundantly blessed and has much for which to be thankful.

As I reflect over the past year, we here at Angelman Syndrome Foundation and within the Angelman Community, have experienced many accomplishments—blessings—to celebrate and be thankful for. I’d like to help remind us all of these accomplishments and for our community to collectively reflect upon and celebrate what they mean to each of us as together we travel on this journey with Angelman syndrome.

As we look back over the past year we have so much for which to be incredibly grateful and thankful. Much has been happening and advances are being made at an accelerated pace in Angelman syndrome. We have you to thank—our friends, supporters and partners. We look forward to an incredible year to come. Thank You!

May you and your families enjoy a peaceful and truly Happy Thanksgiving!

With Gratitude,

Eileen Braun
Executive Director