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Andrew and Kimberly blessed our family in September 2017 with the birth of Anna Grace. In her short life she continues to give us so much love and joy.

Anna was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome in early May 2018 after suffering from a number of prolonged seizures. She has been in the hospital emergency room and in ICU manyl times over the last 6.5 years and has had over 1200 seizures. Dravet syndrome is a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy beginning in childhood. 

Please see below for a more detailed update and video messages from Kim and Andrew.

 

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Anna's Story - 2023

Anna's Story - 2022

Anna's Story - 2021

Thank You - 2022

Anna's Story - 2019

About Anna

2024 Update on Anna

Thank you for visiting! This site is in honor of sweet Anna, our 6 year old daughter, and to raise funds for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation.

Anna was born in September 2017 and diagnosed with Dravet syndrome in May 2018 after suffering from prolonged seizures. She has been to the hospital emergency room many times and experienced over 1200 seizures in her short life. Similar to other children living with DS, Anna faces significant challenges associated with her condition beyond the seizures. These include developmental delays, sleep disturbances, physical limitations, behavioral challenges, sensitivity to illness and traits associated with autism. Despite the considerable difficulties that living with Dravet syndrome brings, Anna continues to amaze us with her strength and resilience. She recently completed Kindergarten and will be starting First Grade in the the fall. She is very affectionate and usually has a smile on her face.

Unfortunately, Dravet syndrome is very treatment resistant, and Anna continues to have frequent seizures despite taking multiple medications. We recognize that a disease-modifying treatment such as gene therapy is likely necessary to ensure a favorable outcome for Anna and allow her to one day live an independent life. Some of these potential treatments are in the later stages of development, making truly disease-modifying therapies closer to reality for DS. Such progress can be attributed to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation and the work they have done in supporting associated research advancements. We remain hopeful and optimistic that Anna will soon have access to one of these treatments and provide us with the life changing miracle we are hoping for.

We are grateful for your support of the Dravet Syndrome Foundation, a very important and meaningful cause for our family. Please join us on this journey! Your donation puts us one step closer to meeting our fundraising goal and it will truly make an impact for those living with Dravet syndrome.  

Thank you.

Andrew, KIm, Anna, Lily and Connor Odlaug

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