I know this is a week late – this is a jump in honour of Bounce4Batten day. We work with a young person with Batten Disease. She’s a pretty special kid and anything we can do to help raise awareness of this condition isn’t too much to ask. So today we ‘bounced’. #bounce4batten @bounce4batten #specialeducation #teacherlife #anorchidsview
This rare genetic disease causes a deficiency of an enzyme called tripeptidyl peptidase 1 or TPP1. In the absence of TPP1, lipids (fats) that are normally metabolized by this enzyme accumulate in many organs. Buildup of these materials in the cells of the brain and nervous system impair cellular function and cause progressive neurodegeneration and loss of cognitive, motor, and visual functions.