(Pictured: Members of the Philadelphia Hurling and Camogie Team)
If you have Irish heritage but you don’t know about Tay-Sachs disease—and more to the point, if you haven’t been screened for it—then the Philadelphia Gaelic Athletic Association and Einstein Healthcare Network want to make it easy. You can learn more about this devastating genetic disease that affects children, and be screened on the spot during an afternoon of traditional Irish sports at the Philly GAA field in Pottstown, Pa. on Sunday, August 7, from 2-4PM.
Tay-Sachs is a severe neurodegenerative disease. Babies born with Tay-Sachs appear to develop normally after birth, but at about 4 to 6 months they start to lose skills. The disease progressively destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Children born with Tay-Sachs usually don’t survive past their 5th birthday. Tay-Sachs is an inherited disease that only occurs when both parents carry a change in the Tay-Sachs gene and each parent transmits the altered gene to their child. Carriers show no outward sign and can only be identified through carrier screening (blood test). The gene can remain hidden in a family for decades, surfacing unexpectedly and tragically with the birth of an affected child.Read More