We are Team-Nanoek. Not your average cycling team. Every year we cycle the Stofwissel tour to raise money for research and raise awareness for Metabolic diseases. But besides this, we do more for this cause.
Our motivation is Nanoek. She was born with 'Tay-Sachs', which is a Metabolic disease that damaged her brain. She was incurably ill and died june 17th 2019 at the age of 16 years old. We want more awareness to be able to cure it in the future.
Our goal is to make metabolic disorders cureable. To reach our goal, we create awareness and raise money for research. But, what is a metabolic disease?
Most people with inherited metabolic disorders have a defective gene that results in an enzyme deficiency. There are hundreds of different genetic metabolic disorders, and their symptoms, treatments, and prognoses vary widely.
Our daughter Nanoek suffered from the metabolic disorder 'Tay-Sachs'. This means one of her enzymes in the lysosomes is not enough present. The 'missing' enzyme should have been breaking down 'trash' on a molecular level in the brain. Except, since there is lack of this enzyme, this did not happen the way it should. This resulted in the 'trash' hoping up in her brain, which blocked certain functions. More and more trash stacked up in her brain, so more functions kept being disabled.
Of course, this is a simplified way of explaining. When googling on the disease more information can be found. For our Nanoek the disease meant that where she was once able to, she could not not talk, walk, communicate, learn or eat later on. Even though all of this, Nanoek was a very happy person and we always made sure she could experience a lot of fun things together with us.
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