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NF Midwest Extends Funding on Cognitive Studies

NF Midwest has previously funded studies by Dr. Klein-Tasman’s team that has resulted in valuable information on the cognitive abilities of young children with NF1. This research resulted in the publication of four papers and a poster honored at the NF Conference.

This new funding will allow them to follow-up on the psychosocial and cognitive functioning Read the Rest…

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be iNFormed – Transitioning to Adult Care

At our annual symposium on October 25, 2014 Dr. Parag Shah of Lurie Children’s Hospital and LaRabida Children’s Hospital spoke on Transitioning to Adult Care. Because neurofibromatosis is a lifelong and complicated disorder this is an especially important topic. It is critical that as children with NF become adults they are able to take responsibility for Read the Rest…

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Camp New Friends Thank You Videos

Every year NF Midwest funds many kids with neurofibromatosis to go to Camp New Friends in West Virginia. We are only able to do this due to the generosity of our donors.

At the end of December a few of our past campers stopped by the office to say thank you to those donors and Read the Rest…

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Camp New Friends 2015

If you have a child with neurofibromatosis, consider sending them to Camp New Friends. Now is the time to sign up or inquire more.

Camp is NOT too costly. For the last 10 years, NF Midwest has financially supported kids from the Midwest to attend Camp New Friends by helping with travel and camp fees.

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Survey of Neurofibroma Removal

We are conducting an important survey of patients with NF1 about electrosurgical removal of neurofibromas (dermal (cutaneous)) and/or subcutaneous tumors in high quantities over large areas—“ED” (Electrodesiccation) is a sub-type of electrosurgery.

If you have a lot of neurofibromas, let your concerns about dermal (cutaneous) and subcutaneous neurofibromas, your need for access to surgery, and your Read the Rest…

Neurofibromatosis type 2, or NF2, a disease that causes uncontrolled growth of tumors, has affected 11 members of the extended Francis Barrette family of Clinton. Those battling the disease include, from left, Wendy Buikema, 40, holding a photo of her late mother, Jill Pearson, who was the first to be diagnosed with the genetic condition; Jamie Dornbush, 52, holding a photo of her late brother, Steve Barrette, and Alicia Rogis, 29, holding a photo of the late Francis Barrette, who has since been identified as the NF2 gene carrier in the family. He died of lung cancer in 1990. (Photo by John Schultz; from the Quad City Times)

NF Midwest Family Shares Their Amazing NF Story

When we learned from Jamie Dornbush how many, including her, in her extended family were recently found to have neurofibromatosis type 2 and saw the surgeries that several of them were facing together…we encouraged them to reach out and share their story.

It has been a very difficult year for Jamie and the Barrette family Read the Rest…

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be iNFormed – Gene Deletion in Neurofibromatosis-1

Neurofibromatosis Midwest is pleased to release another article as part of our be iNFormed education initiative.

This article covers whole gene deletion in neurofibromatosis type 1 and was was graciously written for us by Heather Radtke, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Check out the article here and be sure to check out Read the Rest…

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We Need Your 2015 Personal Stories for Congress

On February 9th and 10th, NF Midwest executive director Diana Haberkamp and others will be the visiting congressional offices of your Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC to ask for support for NF research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). For more Read the Rest…

Jeanette, Liz and Jenny at the NF Midwest Symposium

Goodbye

Today is a sad day for me, my last day at NF Midwest. I have taken a position closer to home, allowing me to spend more time with family and (hopefully) see most of my son’s bowling meets. I will truly miss all the wonderful people that I have become friends with in the NF Read the Rest…

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To a Good Man – Steve Griest!

We love and appreciate ALL of our volunteers and supporters, but we are especially in awe and inspired by those very exceptional ones who take an extra-large step forward even though they have no family with neurofibromatosis.

Steve Griest has been one of these truly special supporters. Since the inception of Great Steps in Naperville over Read the Rest…