The finisher’s medal for this virtual race will be 4″ tall. Dup15q is a rare chromosome disorder and is represented by the DNA strand and the blue puzzle piece. The medal is an autism ribbon because this disorder is associated with a high risk of autism.
Chromosome 15q11.2-13.1 duplication syndrome (dup15q) is a clinically identifiable syndrome which results from duplications of chromosome 15q11.2-13.1. These duplications most commonly occur in one of two forms – an extra isodicentric 15 chromosome, or an interstitial duplication 15. When the extra genetic material comes from the paternal chromosome, a child may have normal development. However, when the duplicated material comes from the maternal chromosome, developmental problems are often the result. In most cases the chromosome duplication is not inherited, but occurred as a random event during the formation of reproductive cells (eggs and sperm). ( http://www.dup15q.org/understanding-dup15q/frequently-asked-questions/)
“The Dup15q Alliance supports families with children who suffer from Dup15q Syndrome which is a duplication of Chromosome 15 and it’s pretty rare. Most of these children suffer from Autism, so the research that the Dup15q Alliance does benefits not only these children, but the Autism Community as well. Children with this disorder also suffer from seizures, and may other complications.” (2014 Sandra James)