Chemung County SPCA

The Chemung County SPCA has been in our community for over 125 years. 125 years of connecting people with animals that will become their best friends and their closest confidants in times of sorrow, hard times, and joy. This organization not only makes adopting possible, but they offer classes for dog behavior and training as well as boarding opportunities. This shelter is run by a strong volunteer base in the surrounding communities that are full of love and compassion.

Angelman Syndrome Foundation

Below you will find the definition of Angelman Syndrome which is rare, but not incurable. Researchers are working very hard at understanding this disease and helping to make the best possible changes to treat the symptoms and dissipate the cognitive problems this disease presents. This charity is near and dear to us as we have a friend with Angelman's and Chloe picked this charity for Ari.

"Angelman syndrome is a complex genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system. Characteristic features of this condition include delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement and balance (ataxia). Most affected children also have recurrent seizures (epilepsy) and a small head size (microcephaly). Delayed development becomes noticeable by the age of 6 to 12 months, and other common signs and symptoms usually appear in early childhood.
Children with Angelman syndrome typically have a happy, excitable demeanor with frequent smiling, laughter, and hand-flapping movements. Hyperactivity, a short attention span, and a fascination with water are common. Most affected children also have difficulty sleeping and need less sleep than usual.
With age, people with Angelman syndrome become less excitable, and the sleeping problems tend to improve. However, affected individuals continue to have intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and seizures throughout their lives. Adults with Angelman syndrome have distinctive facial features that may be described as "coarse." Other common features include unusually fair skin with light-colored hair and an abnormal side-to-side curvature of the spine (scoliosis). The life expectancy of people with this condition appears to be nearly normal." (NIH)

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