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Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation Receives Donation from the San Diego Chapter, International Association of Women (IAW). 

March 15, 2018, Arcadia, California- Dr. Wenhui Laura Li, founder, and CEO of the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation (hucf), accepted a $500 donation check today on behalf of hucf from Edna Valdez, President, San Diego Chapter, International Association of Women (IAW), formerly the National Association of Professional Women, during the organization’s March meeting in San Diego, California. Dr. Li thanked Ms. Valdez and the other San Diego Chapter members who made this very meaningful donation possible and for the additional help that it will mean for sick children.

Ms. Valdez explained that the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation helps children who have rare and undiagnosed genetic diseases by paying for genetic testing, so the children may receive the correct medical diagnosis. She noted that the donation money had been raised by the San Diego Chapter last fall, during their Wine Tasting Fundraiser in October and the Women of Achievement and Power Expo in November.

In introducing Dr. Li, Ms. Valdez noted that she was a recipient last fall of a San Diego Chapter Women of Achievement Award, based on her efforts as the founder of the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation as well as her ground-breaking research work in the medical genomics field supporting advancements in genetic testing.

To illustrate the critical need for genetic testing for children, Dr. Li told the story of a little boy who had undergone half a dozen surgeries over several years in the hopes of alleviating his medical symptoms. Unfortunately, his symptoms persisted, and doctors ultimately had him undergo genetic testing to try to determine the cause of his problems. The genetic testing results revealed that he had the rare genetic disease. Based on this diagnosis, he was than able to receive the correct medical treatment and is now a happy 6-year-old.

The International Association of Professional Women (IAW), with nearly 1 million members, is a professional and social organization with the aim to assist women to develop and to improve their business and personal skill sets in a national and international networking environment.

For Further Information Contact: Rachel Solenberger, 619 208-6535

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