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Mary Anne Meskis

Mary Anne was a founding member of DSF, stepping off of the Board to take the position of Executive Director in 2012. She is a passionate advocate for the Dravet syndrome community and has served in various capacities for the community prior to the inception of DSF in 2009. In addition, she currently serves on several epilepsy working groups, including the Epilepsy Leadership Council. She has owned and managed several small businesses in the private sector, spanning over 25 years. This business experience has translated well into her role as Executive Director. She is responsible for the overall organizational management and has continued to expand programming and fund development for DSF. Mary Anne resides in North Carolina with her husband and her youngest son, Elliot, who has Dravet syndrome. It is her son who drives her to be a catalyst for change within the Dravet syndrome community.

McCall’s Journey

McCall was born August 28, 2018- perfectly healthy, without any complications. Four of the sweetest months later, still nestled in her car seat at her well check appointment, her arm began to rhythmically bounce up from her lap and fall back down. Her pediatrician immediately, but charily, slipped out of the room to call the …

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Dravet Syndrome Voice of the Patient Report

DSF has released its Dravet Syndrome Voice of the Patient report, summarizing outcomes from a February 2022 Externally Led Patient Focused Drug Development (EL-PFDD) meeting. For the first time ever, parent caregivers and family members were able to share the lived experience of patients living with Dravet syndrome. Parent caregivers and family members shared riveting stories …

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Dye It for Dravet

The Kuhn family has a 2-year-old daughter named Cora with Dravet syndrome. Since diagnosis in February of 2021, Cora has experienced over 12 hospitalizations due to unstoppable and life-threatening seizures that needed medical intervention. Cora’s mom, Jen, decided in October 2021 to donate her hair to a child’s cancer organization and also to dye it …

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