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The Story of the Champ1 Research Foundation

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It didn’t take long for Jeff and Katis D’Angelo to realize that something was up with JJ, their newborn son. The biggest indicator that something was off was that the youngster didn’t cry. Initially, the boy was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. JJ failed to reach essentially all of his earliest developmental milestones. Despite the diagnosis, Jeff and Katis were concerned that something more was going on and pushed for JJ to undergo whole exome sequencing, a type of genetic test. On April 10, 2018, four year old JJ received a new diagnosis: CHAMP1 disorder. Seeing his son struggle made Jeff feel helpless.

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