Alison Reynolds, 46, of Washington, D.C., a mother of four did something remarkable for one of her children. She skied 125 miles across Norway to raise awareness for her daughter’s rare genetic disorder.
Reynolds’s daughter Tia has had PKU since birth. This condition means Tia has a damaged enzyme that breaks down an amino acid called phenylalanine, or Phe, which is found in protein and many foods. This condition can lead to a dangerous buildup in the bloodstream if they eat foods with high levels of protein, such as milk, nuts, pasta and cheese. This build up can lead to brain damage.
Fortunately Tia has access to medication which can lower the levels of Phe in her system, but Alison wanted to raise awareness for the disorder after years of raising money through more traditional fundraisers and galas. She chose skiing across Norway to pay tribute to the Norwegian biochemist who discovered and named PKU, Ivar Asbjørn Følling.
So she and a guide set off on their journey and while they were away Alison kept a blog, detailing the trip and why. But the result was more than she could have expected. She began with a goal that was less than half of what she raised – about $1,000,000.00. And her unmitigated success is your Good News Story of the Day, which you can learn so much more about, here.
Alison now wants to spend time with her family, and visit somewhere warm, understandably. Though, the best message for this story may be the one she delivered on the final day of her journey, she wrote on her blog that she had crossed the finish line, but “the real winners are everyone with PKU.”
Story and Image from The Washington Post.