Patty Wood has founded the NBIA Disorder Association which fights against diseases which occur after accumulation of iron in the brain, which like PKAN is part of NBIA: Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation. This is the story of this powerful American woman who started the fight against NBIA.
PKAN (Pantothenate Kinase-Associated Neurodegeneration) is a hereditary disorder that is categorized in the group of distinct rare disorders featured by an accumulation of iron in the brain of young children. Many individuals with the classic form of PKAN lose the ability to move or walk independently between 10 and 15 years after the initial indication of symptoms and will therefore require a wheelchair by their mid-teens. They often lose the ability to walk, to talk, to swallow and their vision. All this while they are often in a full state of awareness as the mental ability of children suffering from PKAN is not always affected. It is progressive and will ultimately result in the patient’s death at a young age.