Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day
Bohring-Opitz Syndrome is an extremely rare genetic syndrome. There are fewer than 300 cases worldwide. This syndrome is diagnosed by genetic testing and is a mutation in the ASXL1 gene. The leading cause of death is respiratory infections. Patients with BOS can have feeding difficulties, recurring respiratory infections, sleep apnea, developmental delay, failure to thrive, abnormal hair density and length, Wilm’s Tumors, brain abnormalities, silent aspiration, and the list goes on.
Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day takes place on April 6th each year. Taylor Gurganus, co-founder of the BOS Foundation, organized the first BOS Awareness Day on April 6, 2015. April 6th was selected for BOS Awareness Day because it is the anniversary of the formation of the first BOS Support Group on Facebook. This Support Group allows parents and caretakers of those living with this rare syndrome to communicate with someone who relates to their triumphs and challenges. Parents from The Support Group selected the color gold to represent BOS Awareness because most children with BOS like shiny, bright objects. They selected denim (jeans) because it represents rare diseases. Taylor had a gold and denim ribbon created to promote BOS Awareness, and it continues to be a symbol of support and hope for those affected by Bohring-Opitz Syndrome. Following in the spirit of the originators of BOS Awareness Day, the BOS Foundation is building the awareness movement to help those living with Bohring-Opitz Syndrome.
For more information: http://bos-foundation.org/bos-awareness-day