On August 31st, Dr. Kellen Hassell began a 1,000 mile cycling journey from Miami, Florida to the Angelman Syndrome Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hassell, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the Florida International University, rode to raise awareness and funds for Angelman syndrome research at UNC.
Hassell’s middle son was born with Angelman syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is caused by mutation or deletion of the UBE3A gene. Since his son’s diagnosis, Hassell and his wife, Maria, have made it their mission to bring awareness to Angelman syndrome, which affects 1 in every 15,000 births.
Upon his arrival at the UNC Angelman Syndrome Clinic on August 6th, Hassell presented a check to researchers at UNC.
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