We are pleased to be working with CATS Foundation and to be supporting their fundraising efforts.

Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease (known collectively as GM2 gangliosidoses) are rare neurological genetic disorders that are caused by the lack of a vital enzyme in the brain. This enzyme plays a vital role as it clears “waste” that collects in the cells in the brain – without this enzyme the waste builds up causing damage to the brain.

Sadly, the disease is terminal and those impacted by the disease lose the ability to function independently over a period of time – they go from being able to walk talk, eat and interact with their environment to ending up in a wheel chair, being fed by a tube, having uncontrollable seizures and requiring 24-hour care. The diseases are very rare and around 1 in 320,000 people are born the disorders in the UK.

The CATS Foundation is the only charity in the UK providing dedicated support to families affected by Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease. Since we were established in 2011, the charity has been instrumental in leading the research into possible treatments for these cruel diseases.

Collaborating directly with pharma, HCPs and families, we ensure that our community is always at the forefront of the discussion as we work towards our goal of finding a cure for Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff disease.

With a strong peer-to-peer support model, we now ensure that families don’t feel isolated after receiving the devastating diagnosis of these cruel diseases. At the heart of our charity are families who are all dedicated to reaching that goal and we won’t stop until we’re there.

Let’s stand together and fight.