Support a Documentary About X & Y Chromosome Variations
Although our Momentum campaign has ended, we can still use your support to help us continue the project. Make a gift today to support this documentary.
Thanks to the generous and quick response of our donors to this campaign, we have reached our $20,000 goal! With your help, we would like to see this campaign reach $30,000. Every donation underwrites significant technical aspects of the film and teaching modules. We have just a few days left to accomplish this ambitious goal. Just the simple act of emailing, tweeting, or sharing on Facebook and Twitter expands awareness to every person in your personal and professional networks. Our ultimate goal in this endeavor is to educate the world about X & Y chromosome variations. We credit you all with helping this project take off.
An African Proverb advises, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” We want to go far!
Often buried in medical literature and shrouded with stigma, X & Y chromosome variations have been called “the quiet epidemic," affecting hundreds of thousands of children and adults. This documentary provides a rare opportunity for donors to shine a light on the lives of children and adults struggling with X & Y chromosome conditions. Their personal stories provide the impetus for this groundbreaking, 90-minute, collaborative documentary effort between Emory University’s eXtraordinarY Clinic and Emmy Award-winning producer-writer, Dianne Steinkraus, whose sister was born with Trisomy X.
What are X & Y Chromosome Variations?
X & Y chromosome variations are random conditions and are not inherited. While some with variations live free of symptoms, others struggle with complex, serious, life-long, medical and mental health challenges affecting every aspect of their lives. These variations aren’t rare, but they’re rarely diagnosed, often creating misunderstanding, misinformation, and misdiagnosis within healthcare systems. Life changing treatment and the support desperately needed rarely exists. Vulnerable children, adults, and their families are too often left to struggle on their own with serious physical and mental health problems that can worsen over time. For those without help, self-injury, violence, and even suicide can occur.
How is Emory involved?
Dr. Sharron Close and the research team at Emory University serve as the lead organization for this project. Emory University’s eXtraordinarY Clinic is home to one of the few multidisciplinary X & Y clinics in the United States providing critical information, cutting-edge research, and medical interventions for patients and families. A recent national patient-centered care study led by Dr. Sharron Close at the eXtraordinarY Clinic identified education and awareness as the most pressing needs surrounding X & Y chromosome conditions.
Dianne Steinkraus, left, Dr. Sharron Close, center, and Dr. Kylie Smith, right, during a 5-day documentary planning workshop
Why your support matters?
Our goal is to bring awareness, improve X & Y diagnosis and patient care, influence health care policy makers, and provide individuals, families, and caretakers with the resources they need to live healthy, productive lives. Your generous gift will help fund this transformational film.