Advocating for NF research — 30 years and counting
Karen Peluso became involved with the NF community when her daughter Mia underwent surgery to remove a very large and destructive plexiform tumor in her abdomen caused by NF1.
Refusing to let disease define you
A week before her 16th birthday, Catherine Richardson had her left arm amputated. Despite the challenges this has caused, she has not allowed NF to define her.
Miss Teen Minnesota hopes to inspire others
Grace Grell, who has neurofibromatosis type 1, hopes to inspire others as Miss Teen Minnesota.
Parents raise 10k for son’s genetic disorder
When Belmont residents Amy and Scot DeDeo learned their son, Nat, had Neurofibromatosis, they didn’t waste any time.
Special day for 9-year-old Maddox Smith
Getting the chance to be a Kid Captain this season means a lot to Maddox and his family. The Kid Captain program started in 2009 as a way to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their stories.
Coach selects teen with brain tumors as manager
Ryan Hauck, who has three inoperable brain tumors, is living out his dream to play basketball thanks to a supportive coach and teammates.
People helping people
In 2013, Jenn Krawchyk, the mother of a young boy, Kyle, with NF1, from Boardman, OH, called the NF Network looking for a way to connect with people with NF in her area and raise funds for NF research. Four years later I find myself in Boardman Park, early on a Saturday morning with a gentleman named “Ron Maxwell, like the coffee.”
NF mother on a mission
Melanie Leach raises NF awareness by organizing walks and bake sales in addition to traveling to D.C. each year to meet congressional staff.
Contributing to health care reform
Beverly Oberlander, a patient advocate for Neurofibromatosis California, recently participated in a roundtable discussion on health care reform with U.S. Representative Pete Aguilar.
Racing for a cure
Ashley Ihry decided to raise awareness for neurofibromatosis by dusting off her running shoes.
Family helps Pennsylvania woman raise thousands
Yonairis Smith raised more than $2,000 with the help of a team of 20 family members and friends.
One woman’s passionate pursuit to cure NF
Tricia Ratell has worked tirelessly to raise NF awareness and funds to combat the disorder.
UAB clinic provides support for NF families
The NF Clinic at the University of Alabama Birmingham provides diagnosis, genetic testing and counseling, long term follow-up, and management of NF-related problems.