(From Pediatric Directions, Issue 39)
The Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation recently awarded 15 charitable organizations grants through its second annual grant cycle. The 22q Deletion Syndrome Center at Nationwide Children’s was one of the 15 organizations awarded funds. Ryan Dempster, a pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, and his wife, Jenny, have three children, a son, Brady and two daughters, Riley and Finley. Riley, now almost 3, was diagnosed with 22q at birth. 22q deletion syndrome – also known as DiGeorge Syndrome – is a chromosomal abnormality that can cause a wide range of health and developmental issues, including heart defects, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, immune and endocrine systems, differences in the palate, speech and language abnormalities, slow growth, and autism and/or developmental delays or learning disabilities.
This grant assisted in the establishment of a first-time 22q patient/family conference September 22, 2012, at the hospital. Richard Kirschner, MD, chief of Plastic Surgery and co-director of the 22q Center at Nationwide Children’s, and 22q Center co-directors Adriane Baylis, PhD, and Joan Atkin, MD, are grateful for the Dempsters’ commitment to advancing the awareness and treatment of 22q.