Posted By F.E.A.S.T.,
Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013
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F.E.A.S.T. has committed to help promote a very important International fundraising effort to collect 25,000 DNA samples from around the world for genetic research on anorexia nervosa.
The Charlotte's Helix Initiativeis a collaborative effort to extend the AN25K collection project to the UK. The Charlotte's Helix initiative was inspired by the advocacy work of F.E.A.S.T. Member Charlotte Bevan, a mother in England, who, through tireless and visionary advocacy, has reached thousands of parents, professionals, and members of the general public. Her recent diagnosis of terminal cancer has shocked her many friends, fellow activists, and those who have been helped, inspired, and educated by Charlotte since her own young daughter developed and recovered from anorexia nervosa.
What is Charlotte's Helix?
It is all of us: individuals and organizations and institutions who are connected to Charlotte in any way. Charlotte has been a vital part of the eating disorder advocacy community. Her passion, humor, directness, and compassion are unparalleled. Many who know her want to channel their gratitude and commitment into this project, which embodies the hope that good science brings to all of our children and grandchildren.
Charlotte believes in this project and has been an active partner in getting it off the ground.
Please help us to spread the word about this important initiative which has the potential to advance a wider field of knowledge. Understanding anorexia nervosa will help us not only understand all eating disorders, but also how they are genetically related to other psychiatric disorders (like depression and anxiety disorders), as well as other medical conditions.