Five-year-old Dylan De Serrano has been battling kidney disease for three years. A fight his mother Jodi has had to deal with before. Hear Dylan’s story of hope:
Dylan was diagnosed with Alport Syndrome in December of 2008 at the age of 2, one of the youngest patients to be diagnosed. Jodi’s mother died from Kidney Failure 27 years ago.
Alport Syndrome is an inherited disease of the kidney, which can also affect the inner ear and eye. It is estimated to affect at least 1 in 5,000 people. It is caused by genetic defects in the type IV collagen family of proteins, which cause the filtering units of the kidney to deteriorate over time and lead to End Stage Renal Failure (ESRF). There is no cure for the disease, 80% of boys will receive a transplant by their early teens.
His mother, Jodi, founded Alport Syndrome Hope for the Cure Foundation with a mission to raise awareness, support families and patients affected with Alport Syndrome and help fund diagnostic testing and gene therapy in hope for the cure.