Elevation Studios in Georgetown will host a Spin-A-Thon on Friday, Nov. 13, to benefit the Smith-Magenis Research Foundation, which was co-founded by Wiltonian Jennifer Iannuzzi five years ago.
The SMS Research Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to funding research to improve the knowledge and understanding of Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS), a non-familial chromosomal disorder characterized by a recognizable pattern of specific physical, behavioral and developmental features.
Iannuzzi’s daughter Sydney has the rare syndrome that results from a small missing piece of genetic material within the 17th chromosome, known as a microdeletion.
Typical features of SMS, which is estimated to occur in roughly one in 25,000 live births, include:
- Frequent nighttime and/or early morning awakenings and daytime sleepiness.
- Oral-motor dysfunction.
- Varying degrees of cognitive impairment.
- Development delay.
- Chronic ear infections.
- Eye problems including strabismus and myopia.
- Broad gait/short fingers and toes.
- Decreased sensitivity to pain.