BPAN families gather virtually to offer each other support

December 2020

- By Amber Denton

Amber and Sydney Denton 

Amber and Sydney Denton of Houston, Texas

The fastest growing segment of our NBIA community, BPAN families, gathered virtually Nov. 17 for our first Zoom meeting hosted by NBIA Disorders Association.

With in-person gatherings restricted by the pandemic, we know that building strong relationships with families traveling the same journey is invaluable. Near or far, we are determined to support one another, and most of us have become quite familiar with Zoom.

Families of loved ones who have Beta-propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration from the U.S. and Canada joined the call to catch up with friends, make new friends, ask questions and share stories during the two hour-long session. Families of young BPAN kids gained valuable insight from parents of BPAN adults. We laughed, we cried, we smiled, and we will do it again!

Our goal is to continue NBIA Zoom meetings to offer family support in 2021 and to expand to include meetings for PKAN, PLAN and MPAN in the first quarter of next year. Stay tuned for more information.




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