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Melissa’s Story


Rare Courage – Fabry Disease

Fabry disease is a rare genetic condition affecting around 1 in 100,000 people.

Prior to her diagnosis with this rare disease, Melissa was living her dream of serving in the United States Air Force when she fell deeply ill. After being threatened with a dishonorable discharge due to her failure to meet physical performance standards, she fought to learn what was happening in her body, ultimately receiving a hard-won diagnosis and an honorable discharge instead.

Even though Melissa can no longer serve her country, her heroic determination to receive an accurate diagnosis, and protect her son, positioned her on a road to better health and changed her path to being a patron for other veterans and civilians who need similar support.

Featuring renowned expert: Dr. Eric Wallace, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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