Thursday, November 19, 2009

And the winner is…

In my last blog, I bragged about UnitedHealthcare’s “All Star of the Game” program that honored Penn State football fans who have done something to improve their own health or someone else’s…but I didn’t mention the winner! Ooops!!

And the winner is…

Susan Day of Gardners, Pa., for leading her team in tackles against a devastating disease. And for her tireless work, UnitedHealthcare and Penn State Sports Properties awarded her the Penn State football “All Star of the Game” grand prize.

Day received the grand prize for working with family and friends to start the Angels for Alyssa foundation to raise research funding for Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA), a rare genetic disease that causes developmental delays, seizure, hypoglycemia, stroke, coma and even death. Day had lost her nephew Blake to MMA and later became a champion for a cure when her niece Alyssa was diagnosed with the disease.

In addition to naming her All Star of the Game, UnitedHealthcare donated $2,000 to the Angels for Alyssa foundation to help it continue its commitment to finding a cure for Methylmalonic Acidemia.

All of us at UnitedHealthcare are inspired by Susan’s work with Angels for Alyssa. Her dedication gives other children and families suffering from this debilitating disease hope that someday there will be a cure. She is a true All Star in the fight against MMA.

1 comment:

  1. Here is a link to more information about the genetics of Methylmalonic Acidemia that was prepared by our genetic counselor and which has links to some useful resource for those dealing with this condition: There is also a number listed for anyone who wants to speak to a genetic counselor by phone. I hope it helps. Thanks, AccessDNA