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Fanconi anemia: A rare disease with real impact.

Fanconi anemia is a relatively uncommon disease that leads to bone marrow failure in 1 of every 131,000 people in the U.S. This inherited, genetic condition affects males, females and all ethnic groups equally. Simply put, FA does not discriminate.

People with FA can have a variety of symptoms ranging from heart defects and kidney problems to abnormalities of the arms and hands. But while no two cases of FA are the same, one fact continues to hold true—every person with FA’s blood counts will decline over time and eventually require a bone marrow transplant in order for them to survive. Thankfully, new advances are being discovered every day.

In 1995, only 1 out of every 7 bone marrow recipients with FA survived an unrelated donor bone marrow transplant. Today, that number is 6 out of 7. But despite these successes, patients continue to be affected by shortened life expectancy, increased chances of developing various forms of cancer and other maladies. For this reason, Kidz1stFund will not rest until further treatments can help to alleviate these problems in every FA patient and, eventually, a true cure for FA can be found.

So read through this site, donate if you can and, if you’re still looking for more information on Fanconi anemia, visit the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund at Fanconi.org.