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Geisinger ADMI partners with Clyde Peeling's Reptiland for 22q at the Zoo


CONTACT: Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c), msferlazzo@geisinger.edu
May 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ALLENWOOD, Pa. – The Geisinger Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) is partnering with Clyde Peeling's Reptiland in Allenwood to raise awareness of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome -- a relatively common condition which is also sometimes called DiGeorge or velo-cardio-facial syndrome -- through an event called “22q at the Zoo” on Sunday, May 18.

22q at the Zoo is a worldwide event that gives families a chance to have a fun-filled day at the zoo, socialize with other 22q families, and help raise the public profile of this relatively common condition. Sponsored by the International 22q11.2 Foundation Inc., last year’s 22q at the Zoo/Worldwide Awareness Day drew an estimated 10,000 participants in 82 cities on six different continents. The foundation hopes to have every state represented during the 2014 event.

The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is caused by a missing section (microdeletion) of chromosome 22, which is present from the time a child is conceived. The deletion has the potential to affect almost every system in the body and can cause a wide range of health problems. Though not always present, the key characteristics of this syndrome can result in:

  • heart defects
  • palate differences
  • feeding and gastrointestinal difficulties
  • immune system deficits
  • growth delay
  • kidney problems
  • hearing loss
  • low calcium and other endocrine issues
  • cognitive, developmental and speech delays
  • behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric differences (ADHD, autism, anxiety, etc.)

Everyone who plans to attend the ADMI/Reptiland event should try to purchase an official 22q at the Zoo t-shirt to wear during the event at http://www.22q.org/.

This event is open to the public. To purchase discounted event tickets, contact ADMI’s Megan Epler at 570-522-6281, or meepler@geisinger.edu by May 15. Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and older, $10 for ages 3 through 11, and free for ages 2 and under.

Regularly priced admission tickets can be purchased at Reptiland the day of the event.

Additional information on ADMI can be found at www.GeisingerADMI.org.

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