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Empowering Diversity and Inclusion for the PWS Community

In a significant step towards fostering equity and inclusion within our Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) community, we are pleased to announce a collaborative initiative aimed at improving the standard of care and support for marginalized individuals living with PWS and their families. This initiative, undertaken with the active involvement of several community members, seeks to ensure...

Photo of toddler with Prader-Willi syndrome lounging on a chair on Mexico

Traveling Abroad with PWS

contributed by Anne Fricke When Language Is an Obstacle The first time we traveled outside the US with Freya, I packed, as the saying goes, “everything but the kitchen sink.” Along with our ergo baby carrier and a cheap stroller we bought for the occasion, we traveled with our cooler for the growth hormone and...

Adult with Prader-Willi syndrome on horseback

Connections, Education, and Supervision

contributed by Jamie Prentice, Mom to Logan, 31, living with PWS Advice for Transitioning into Adulthood It is important to gather information and familiarize yourself with SSI, your state’s Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Guardianship, Stable Accounts, and Special Needs Trusts long before your child becomes an adult. I would start taking workshops or...

Post a Message for Father’s Day

*In the interest of space, please note that when we use the term “Dad”, we not only refer to biological fathers, but also those male figures who are an outstanding, constant, and loving presence in your loved one’s life. And you single moms filling both roles, this is for you as well! We know that...

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No Limits

When we receive a diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome, often we also receive a litany of “cannots” and “will nevers”. We may let ourselves dwell, even if momentarily, in that world of negatives and adventures never-to-be. We mourn the future we thought we once possessed, thought our loved one possessed. Some would argue it is part...

Fueling Hope: Aardvark Therapeutics’ $85M Boost Powers Breakthrough PWS Treatment

Aardvark Therapeutics has just hit a major milestone with an exciting $85 million Series C financing round! Led by Decheng Capital, with additional participation from several investors, including PWSA | USA, this funding is set to drive the development of ARD-101, a groundbreaking treatment for hyperphagia in Prader-Willi syndrome patients. ARD-101 showed promising early trial...

Nutrition Discourse in the PWS Community

Why is it important to talk about food in the PWS community? As of now, Growth Hormone is the only FDA approved treatment for PWS, and it does not address the hallmark symptom of hyperphagia (excessive hunger). The most common and effective strategies for managing the symptoms of hyperphagia and slower metabolism are through diet...

Rare Disease Advocates Will Unite in Washington, D.C., to Celebrate National Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) Awareness Month, National PWS Awareness Day

May 8, 2024 (Washington, D.C.) — Prepare for a powerful convergence in the heart of Washington, D.C., on May 15th as advocates for individuals living with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) gather for PWSA | USA’s important advocacy event, the D.C. Fly-In. This year marks the 2nd National PWS Awareness Day, a significant milestone achieved through the...

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Guardianship, SSI, and Feeling Valued

contributed by Tammie Penta, mom to Victor, 30, living with PWS Living with an adult with PWS is both gratifying and exhausting. When your child is young, it seems like 18 is a long time away. Although it is, there are so many things we as parents need to do or consider to prepare for...

Preserving Progress: Stand Up for Fully Funding the BRAIN Initiative!

The NIH-BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies – Initiative), is a partnership between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and nonfederal funding sources to advance innovative neurotechnologies to revolutionize the understanding of the brain/neurocircuitry. Since its inception in 2013, this program has had important impacts on our understanding of normal brain function this...

Prader-Willi Syndrome Research

Request for Prader-Willi Syndrome Research and Mini-Fellowship Grant Applications

PWSA | USA is currently seeking research project applications with direct impacts on individuals and families affected by PWS. We are offering mini-fellowship grants to support providers in enhancing their understanding of PWS through clinical proctorships. Research priorities include expanding knowledge about PWS, applying therapies, and attracting new providers and investigators to the field. Funding...

Breaking Ground: FDA Grants Breakthrough Designation for PWS Drug Development

Big news! Soleno Therapeutics has announced a groundbreaking achievement: diazoxide choline (DCCR) has been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). This marks a significant milestone as the FIRST-EVER designation for a drug developed for PWS. The designation underscores the FDA’s recognition of PWS as a serious condition and the potential...

Calling All PWS Community Members: Sign the FDA Petition

Attention everyone in the Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) community and beyond! We need your support NOW! We are rallying behind a critical petition urging the FDA to take action on DCCR (diazoxide choline) for individuals living with PWS. Soleno Therapeutics’ investigational drug has shown remarkable promise in improving hyperphagia, reducing fat mass, and addressing challenging PWS-associated...

A Letter to Friends and Family

Here is a letter to share with your friends and family! Dear Friends and Family, Our loved one has a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). This diagnosis has brought a lot of unexpected experiences to our family, both joyful and challenging. May is PWS Awareness Month and a great opportunity to help educate...

Photo collage of art pieces created by people with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Reflections on The Rare Aware Art Share

“We are all artists, and we all have beauty to share.” ― Laura Jaworski As parents, caregivers, and advocates, we grow accustomed to speaking up for our loved ones with PWS. At every doctor office or IEP meeting, every time they start a dance class or join a team sport, before sleepovers with friends or perhaps...

Ask Nurse Lynn – When to Start Growth Hormone

Question: Male, Newborn, Subtype Unknown How soon should a person who has been diagnosed with PWS start hormone therapy (specifically HGH)? Nurse Lynn’s Response: A child can be assessed for growth hormone treatment at any age. Clinical experience suggests that Growth Hormone treatment can be beneficial for an individual with PWS as early as 2-3...

Photo collage of people who volunteer for PWSA | USA to help people with Prader-Willi syndrome

Volunteers of PWSA | USA

National Volunteer Week As we head into National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the many wonderful volunteers that help the PWS community through PWSA | USA. Our volunteers help us continue striving to meet the needs of families across the country and beyond. Many parents, grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers...

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