Press Release

Jeff Sun (left) and Mary Wang (right), hucf donors, with Dr. Wenhui Laura Li (center)hucf President, at the Santa Ana Zoo event.

Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation at the 22q at the Zoo Event. 

May 19, 2018, Arcadia, CA – The Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation (hucf) is a co-sponsor of the 22q at the Zoo Event held today at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana, California.  This community event is part of the worldwide network of 22q at the Zoo events developed by The International 22q11.2 Foundation to give families, friends, and professionals a chance to socialize, network and to raise the public profile of chromosome 22q11.2 syndromes. These syndromes are present in about 1 in 1,000 live pregnancies and affect different systems of the body and manifest themselves in heart defects, palate differences, growth delays, kidney problems, immune system deficits, cognitive and speech delays, autism and ADHD, among others. Many of the 22q11.2 syndromes are only properly diagnosed through genetic testing.

Dr Pedro Sanchez, left, of Cedars-Sini, talks with attendees about community support for families affected by the 22q11.2 syndrome
22q at the Zoo
May 19, 2018, 22q at the Zoo event held at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Other locations around the world will hold their 22q at the Zoo events tomorrow, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

The Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation’ s booth at the Santa Ana event provided the opportunity to spread the word about the Foundation’s mission to help sick children in financial need by paying for genetic testing so that they may obtain the proper medical diagnosis and treatment.  Genetic testing can cost thousands of dollars and be out of reach financially for many families.

During the presentation portion of the event in the Zoo’s Amphitheater, Dr. Wenhui Laura Li, President and Founder of the Help Undiagnosed Children Foundation (hucf), reiterated that the Foundation’s mission could well bring to light additional children with 22q syndromes.  She said that through community support and fundraising, hucf will be able to help more and more sick children.

With over 100 participants in attendance, parents had some time to relax and many children enjoyed games, the bouncy house and interacting with a roaming dinosaur!

Other event sponsors were Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Department of Pediatrics and the 22qties Unite foundation.

For Further Information Contact: Rachel Solenberger (619) 208-6535.

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