Bringing new Hope to Families Living with Rare Disease

A fter years of struggling to find a diagnosis, Sophie and Jordan New learned through genetic testing that their seven-year-old son, Cooper, has FBXO11. The disease is an Intellectual Developmental Disorder with Dysmorphic Facies and Behavioral Abnormalities (IDDFBA). This ultra-rare disease is prevalent in less than one in a million people. The family traveled from Texas to visit Harrington Discovery Institute in Cleveland and discovered a tremendous amount of hope. They were aware of the challenges of creating treatments for rare and ultra-rare diseases because the markets are often too small to incentivize pharmaceutical companies.

Harrington Discovery Institute gave them hope through its commitment “to accelerate promising discoveries into medicines for unmet needs.” Harrington Discovery Institute’s Oxford-Harrington Rare Disease Centre is helping to find cures for rare and ultra-rare diseases like FBXO11. While Cooper is verbal, he doesn’t speak. Sophie and Jordan were told that he would never walk, but Cooper took steps at age five. Some of the daily therapies the family works on with Cooper are teaching him how to use silverware and how to walk up and down the stairs. He continues to make big strides each day.

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