My sister has a background in marketing and strategy. She’s been an incredible resource for me when getting PRAI off the ground. I have always been the type to just start something without really spending the time to ask myself where it is that I want to go, so her insights have been incredibly valuable. When creating our mission statement for PRAI, I knew that I was incredibly passionate about raising money for more research into PANDAS and PANS. To help me craft my message to the broader community when trying to raise awareness and funds she asked “Why should people care?” I rambled off a million different reasons as to why PANDAS deserves funding; one among many was the profound suffering of the parent. My sister is a straight shooter. She asks hard questions and challenges me to look past the emotion of it all so I can be a ...
What is PANDAS?
PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. It is used to describe children who have a sudden onset of symptoms such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders, following a strep infection (namely “strep throat” or Scarlet Fever). It is a misdirected immune response resulting in inflammation of a child’s brain.
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