Molly Paris, a 13-year-old girl battling Rett Syndrome, threw out the first pitch. Paris, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, has dreams of studying science in college. Ingrid Harding with GP2C said, “Molly is an incredible girl who exemplifies the strong spirit and bravery of these girls in their everyday fight. The Jacksonville fans welcomed her with great enthusiasm and we are so happy with all of the support and awareness generated from this event."
Rett Syndrome is a debilitating neurological (movement) disorder that predominantly affects females. Baby girls are born "normal" but begin to lose acquired skills between the ages of 1-3 years old. Rett Syndrome is the leading genetic cause of severe impairment in girls - most cannot speak, walk or use their hands. Another little girl is born with Rett Syndrome every 90 minutes. The disorder is as prevalent as Cystic Fibrosis, ALS and Huntington's. Despite their physical disabilities, girls with Rett Syndrome are believed to be functioning mentally at a much higher level than previously thought. Rett Syndrome is a potentially reversible disorder. The disorder is caused by a single gene mutation that leads to underproduction of an important brain protein. Research has proven once protein levels are back to normal levels, symptoms subside. Since 2006, Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. has been working to find the girls and women trapped inside their physical prisons, help them and their families, and fund the cure for this potentially reversible disorder.