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Cooper’s Carnival Raises $4,143 for CSA

Cooper's CarnivalThe 1st Annual Cooper’s Carnival: Christianson Syndrome Awareness Day was held on August 15, 2015 at the Harrogate City Park in Harrogate, TN. The event was hosted by Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine student clubs in honor of Cooper Jackson, the only child diagnosed with Christianson Syndrome in the tri-state area. The purpose of the event was not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness about CS.

The day was a huge success with dozens of friends, family, and children from the community in attendance. Over $4,000 was raised with 100% of the proceeds going to CSA.

The Jackson Family would like to thank all of the students from LMU-DCOM, led by Blair Combs along with the Pediatrics and PASSAGE student clubs, for all of their hard work and dedication that made Cooper’s Carnival an amazing event. Their incredible effort far surpassed all expectations. A big thank you to the Cumberland Gap Fire Department for coming out to show their support and Heavy’s BBQ for donating a portion of their earnings from the day.

Lastly, the Jacksons would like to express their gratitude to founder and president of CSA, Debbie Nash, for traveling to East Tennessee to attend Cooper’s Carnival and address all those who were in attendance, including all of our wonderful volunteers who will carry the knowledge of Christianson Syndrome into their own medical practices someday.


Stickin up 4 CSA

Once again we are very excited to thank the students and staff of Jowell Elementary school in Houston, TX.  The student council voted to once again hold a fund raiser to benefit CSA.  “Stickin Up 4 CSA” raised $1084.55.  Thank you to all who participated!!!!





“GET YOUR HEART BEATING” was a huge success.  Thank to everyone around the world who supported us and got their hearts beating for CSA! We raised over $8,000.00!!


2015 Loop for Luke Raises Over $6000 for CSA

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2015 Loop for Luke raises over $6,000.00 for CSA


In June of 2013 we had the opportunity to experience CSA first hand.  Our family attended the CSA Inaugural Conference and it was life changing for us.  “Loop for Luke” was born because we wanted to help raise awareness and further the mission of Christianson Syndrome Association.  Biking is an important part of our lives, Stephen and Luke ride a specialized tandem bike that allows us to ride as a family.  “Loop for Luke” was something we could do together, it was also something we could invite others to participate in as well.  On May 31, 2014 near Baltimore, MD we held our first  “Loop for Luke” and raised $2485.00.  Last month we held our 2nd Annual “Loop for Luke” and it was an even greater success.  Our family and friends were once again so generous and they helped us raise over $6,000.00 for CSA.  We are so blessed and we want everyone who participated and donated to know that “It meant so much to us to do something we love with those we love and in turn be able to give back to CSA”.  Thank you to all of you!


1st International Basic and Clinical Science Conference on Christianson Syndrome

In Conjunction with the Christianson Syndrome Association (CSA) Family Meeting
Hyatt Place Hotel, The Woodlands, TX, July 30th – August 2nd 2015

Christianson syndrome (CS) is a newly recognized X-linked neurogenetic disorder caused by changes in the SLC9A6 gene encoding the endosomal Na+/H+ exchanger 6 (NHE6) protein.

photo23Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Special lecture by Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Arnold Christianson, South African National Health Laboratory Service emeritus
  • Laurent Counillon, University of Nice
  • Robert Edwards, UC, San Francisco
  • Sofia Lizarraga, University of South Carolina
  • Anne McKinney, McGill University
  • Eric Morrow, Brown University
  • John Orlowski, McGill University
  • Annapurna Poduri, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Rajini Rao, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Charles Schwartz, Greenwood Genetic Center
  • Jakub Sikora, Charles University – Prague
  • Petter Stromme, University of Oslo
  • Steven Walkley, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Click Here to Register or for more information email

There will be opportunity to present scientific abstracts as a talk or poster. Please submit your title and abstract (250 word limit) to


Eric M. Morrow MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Brown University and
Steven U. Walkley DVM, PhD
Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Generous Sponsorship Provided By:

The Company of Biologists and
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Click here for a printable flyer


Ontario Police College Charity Fundraiser

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In accordance with the CSA mission statement regarding the advancement and awareness of Christianson Syndrome.  The Ontario Police College (academy) held several fundraisers from the months of January to March.

CSA was presented to the Student Committee by Dante’s Dad, Enzo Coletta, an instructor at the college, as a charity option for the Basic Constable Class of January to March 2015 and was chosen as their charity of choice.

Over the three months the cadets raised a total of $1300.00 through donations and various fundraising events.  The entire college was talking about Christianson Syndrome.

On April 4, 2015, Mom, Wanda with little Dante by her side was presented with a check for $1300.00 by Mr. Bruce Heridge, the Director of the Ontario Police College while the soon to be graduating police cadets held up their bracelets in support of CSA!

Thank you Ontario Police College Basic Constable Class of January to March 2015!


Loop For Luke

2nd Annual Loop for Luke

Saturday May 2, 2015

Lindale Middle School Parking Lot

415 Andover Road Linthicum, MD 21090

Please join The Wright Family for a 11-mile family friendly bike ride.  The trail is paved and the pace will be easy going.  Bring your helmet and a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards.  We’ll supply water and dessert.  Contact or (410)750-7128 if you can join us, if you would like to purchase a $10.00 “Loop” shirt (order by April 15th – proceeds go to CSA), or for more information.

**If you choose to donate to CSA please make your checks payable to Christianson Syndrome Association (CSA) and send it to us by May 2nd, or you can bring it to the bike ride.




Get Your Heart Beating for CSA!

We want you to become a part of Get Your Heart Beating for CSA!  This virtual event is so easy.  All you need to do is click on the link below, it will take you to constant contact where we have set up a registration page just for this unique event.  All you need to do is sign up and pay your race fee online and then you go run, walk or bike.  You can even create a team of friends, family or co-workers.  Everyone will sign up online and then you all can get your heart beating for CSA!

With a traditional run/walk or biking event you can arrive at a specific location on a specific date at a specific time.  For our race, you start and complete your race on a course and once completed you record your time, take lots of pictures and submit them to us for posting on our website and Facebook page and we in turn will mail you a certificate thanking you for your participation.

How to sign up – Click the link below and it will take you right to constant contact to register.  Then in the  month of May 2015 you can run your own race.  Email your photographs to with your name, your teams name (if applicable), your race location, event and time.  We work on the honor system so set a realistic goal for yourself and challenge your heart rate for CSA!


Register here for Get Your Heart Beating for CSA!

If you are unable to participate in our virtual event and just want to make a donation to CSA, please click on the donation button below and in the notes section of PayPal please note that this donation is in honor of Get Your Heart Beating for CSA!


St. James holds Christianson Syndrome Day in support of Dante

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