PSU4PA: Students help spread the word about rare disease

When Pam Albert’s sons were diagnosed with a devastating and little-known disease, she took action. Seeing how little information was available on MECP2 Duplication Syndrome, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder discovered in 2005, she created a website to provide awareness, support and hope to other families. Penn State Harrisburg helped her get the word out.

Through an Information Sciences and Technology class project, students “took this plain, simple website and totally transformed it,” Albert says. “They’re stepping away from the campus and … being beneficial to the community. … (I) never knew that this amazing thing was going on at our local college.”

Learn how Penn State reached out to help Pam Albert spread the word about a debilitating disease: /video/153111/2013/02/08/video-no-title

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Last Updated December 18, 2011