2020 is a very challenging time for many and asking for donations right now is a tough request. However, our children and our children's hospitals need our help now more than ever!
Children's hospitals have stepped up to play a vital role duirng this pandemic with increased research and educaiton efforts, while at the same time seeing a major decrease in procedures at their instiution. These instituions serve as saftey net for millions of kiddos with programs in place to keep healthy kids out of the hopsitals.
They take care of the most fragile babies, where kids with rare diseases can find a diagnosis and hope, and where kids with cancer can be cured. They NEED our help to continue these efforts!
As all of you know, I work for Illumina, the world leader in providing next generation sequencing instrumentaiton. A pillar of our focus is to end the diagnostic odyssey for families with children who have a rare and undiagnosed genetic disease. Diagnosis for these kiddos and families is the first step and with traditional diagnostic pathways can sometimes take months or even years.
With rapid whole genome sequencing as a front line test, this diagnostic odyssey can be shortened to days. This becomes essential in children who are critically ill and may not have the time to wait months or even weeks for answers. The BIG probelm...this test is often not covered by insurance companies or medicaid. This comes out of instituiontal funds, something that we know is going to be tight for the foreseeable future.
This is a cause that I am extremely passionate about and I am so grateful to be a part of Illumina and that our technology has the ability to make a positive impact in this patient population. These funds are critically important to help families at Children's Hospital Colorado, please join me in my fundraising efforts for the Courage Classic and providng funds for rapid whole genome sequencing.