News from #MTMCNMFamily
Our Rare Disease Community is active! As we look forward to gathering this summer in St. Louis for the 6th biennial MTM-CNM Family Conference, here is a rundown of some of the latest happenings...
Rare Disease Day is February 28
Organized by EURORDIS, Rare Disease Day has grown into a worldwide phenomenon over the last several years. We have continued our annual tradition of helping to spread awareness on Facebook with custom "I Love Someone Rare" profile frames. And you can share the love year-round with our exclusive MTM-CNM merchandise at our Zazzle store!

Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill
Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill brings rare disease community members from across the country together to be educated on federal legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share their unique stories with legislators. Our MTM/CNM community is well represented this year by MTM-CNM Family Connection's Vice-President Marie Wood and the Lykens family - as well as Myo the Traveling Turtle !

Need Help Getting to St Louis?
We are thrilled to have received a 2019 RARE Patient Impact Grant from Global Genes! This funding will go directly to supporting travel costs for families who might otherwise be unable to attend our conference in St. Louis this July. Stay tuned for more details and application process.

Educational Materials from ASGCT
The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) has developed some excellent educational materials on Gene Therapy in general, as well as XLMTM-specific information. We collaborated with ASGCT in the development of these materials and are glad to see they are being well received by the community!

PAVE Act proposed legislation
Creating a new treatment for a rare disease like MTM/CNM certainly has many technical, scientific and clinical challenges to ensure it is safe and effective. But even if a treatment is approved someday - will it be accessible and affordable? This is another important area of advocacy for our community.

We need YOU to help make it happen!
Help raise funds to support the 2019 MTM-CNM Family Conference
The success of our upcoming conference relies on the financial support of our community. Please help make it happen by joining our fundraising efforts. Every little bit helps - so get creative and lend a little "time, talent, or treasure" to this very worthy cause!