For Zip: FOP Awareness Day is April 23

zipHey, we all know who Zip Gordon is, right? The cute little kid who draws the vehicle winner at ZipperQ? The boy who loves Minecraft and tormenting his big sister, Arlie? Or you might just know of him as the local boy with FOP, although there’s a million more pieces to him than that.

zip FOP_Awareness_Day_-_4-23-14-2Well, we are nearing a day to celebrate Zip and the great strides that are being made in the world of FOP research. April 23 is International FOP Awareness Day.

The International FOP Association, a global organization dedicated to finding a treatment and cure for one of medicine’s rarest and most disabling conditions, will observe April 23 as a day to increase awareness of the genetic condition that causes the body’s skeletal muscle and soft connective tissues to morph into bone, progressively locking joints in place and rendering movement impossible. Of an estimated 3,000 FOP patients worldwide, there are approximately 800 that are known.

zipThe gene that causes the disease was discovered on April 23, 2006, and the discovery has allowed research to focus on safe and effective treatments for the condition, found in only one in two million individuals. Clinical trials began in 2014.

Zip is an awesome kid. He’s not just one in a million, he’s one in two million. Let’s help raise awareness on April 23, International FOP Awareness Day, by changing our profile pictures to the FOP Awareness Day logo.

Go, Zip!

Latest articles

Health Department Offers Free Covid Testing TODAY

The Rogers County Health Department will be offering free drive-thru Covid-19 testing on Tuesday, January 26, from 3p - 4p. Now we realize that...

What’s Coming to Claremore?

It's not Atwoods. It's not Aldi. Is it an IKEA? A Jack-in-the-Box? Probably not. Honestly, we're pretty sure it's a cell phone store. But it's NOT Office Everything...

CIEDA Names New Executive Director

The Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority (CIEDA) Board of Trustees named Meggie Froman-Knight as the organization’s new executive director at its regular monthly...

Fifty Years Ago this Week….Congrats, Meltons!

  Since 1946, Melton Sales has operated at the corner of 4th and Missouri in the heart of downtown Claremore. Originally called George Melton & Sons,...

Similar articles