Dr. Oz Show Monday March 8, 2010
March 16, 2010

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Photo Courtesy of ToledoFreePress.com

 

     Kaylee Halko and her parents, Tim and Marla appeared on the Dr. Oz show Monday. Staffers had contacted them after viewing the TLC documentary “6 Going On 60” that Kaylee appeared in.

     Progeria Research Foundation Medical Director Leslie Gordon and University of Michigan’s Dr. Jeffrey Innis joined the Halkos on the show.  Dr. Innis originally diagnosed Kaylee in 2004 and practices at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

    Audrey Gordon told the Toledo Free Press that they were thrilled the medical show was interested in Progeria and raising awareness for the rare condition.

Inspiration
January 25, 2010

       I was introduced to the Progeria Research Foundation when I was in middle school.  The foundation had an office next to my dad’s where I would sometimes go after school. 

       One of my first memorable volunteering experiences was for the Progeria Research Foundation.  I spent a day of my break with two friends stuffing hundreds of envelopes.  I felt very accomplished after this experience and continued to volunteer at different events sponsored by the foundation.  My two friends and I even appeared in PRF’s newsletter in a picture taken from that day of volunteering.  PRF holds a bi-annual benefit for research that I have also volunteered for.

       Since the foundation is located in my hometown, it has been difficult to volunteer since I’m living at school in Connecticut.  However, I still try to educate others about Progeria when I get the chance. 

       TLC recently aired “6 Going on 60” which documented the lives of two girls, Kaylee and Lindsay, living with Progeria.  The moving documentary displayed the struggles and triumphs of their parents and families as their daughters try to live normal lives.  I watched with several of my roommates. They were moved and curious to find out what I knew about Progeria.  This made me realize that I can do my part to educate others and spread awareness for Progeria.