Cleveland plastic surgeon, Dr. Bram Kaufman, has been consistently involved with charities and community events to promote noble causes. Dr. Kaufman recently attended the annual Blarney Cup event to extend his support to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neuro-genetic disorder that may occur in about one in 15,000 people. The disorder is marked by developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders.
However, there is a general lack of awareness about AS, and as a result it often gets misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Despite the challenges associated with AS, individuals with this disorder have a cheerful demeanor, and laugh and smile frequently.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation
Angleman Syndrome Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of AS specific research. The research conducted and supported by the foundation has led to important discoveries that bring hope and promise for therapies and eventually a cure for AS.
The foundation was established in 1989 by Dr. Charles Williams, a pediatrician, clinical geneticist and Angelman Syndrome researcher. Originally founded as a research group, the organization evolved over time into the Angelman Syndrome Foundation providing support services to and advocating on behalf of families of individuals with AS.
As the largest non-governmental funder of Angelman Syndrome-specific research, the Angelman Syndrome Foundation has invested more than $8 million in Angelman syndrome research to date. The foundation has supported more than 78 projects around the world in the quest to find treatments and a cure. Treatments, which have emerged as a result of ASF-supported research, help individuals with AS lead better lives today. However, the foundation needs ongoing financial support to fulfill its mission.
BLARNEY CUP XVIII – March 6th and March 7th, 2015
Dr. Kaufman attended the very successful Blarney Cup event and also was a part of a fundraiser that followed. On March 6th, the event began with a get together for all the players in the Men’s Tournament to kick off the weekend.
On March 7th, the Men’s Blarney Cup was held at The Country Club and The Mayfield Sand Ridge Club, and the Women’s Blarney Cup at The Cleveland Skating Club. The tournament was followed by the Blarney for Angelman Syndrome evening fundraiser party. This event was held to benefit the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and other local Angelman charities.
Dr. Kaufman remains committed to supporting the ASF in the future, and helping spread awareness about this rare disorder through his professional and community endeavors.