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Batten Disease is a RARE, fatal, inherited disorder that affects
the Fries Sisters. Learn More

On January 3rd, 2018, Cecilia and Lilly were diagnosed with CLN3 Batten Disease.  Batten disease is a neurodegenerative disorder.  There is no treatment, there is no cure, it is fatal.  It is usually first diagnosed with vision loss.  Eventually, they will develop seizures around age 9.  Dementia symptoms including mood and behavior changes will present.  Their muscles will weaken to the point where they will no longer be able to walk or talk and will be bedridden.  Eventually, they will need a feeding tube as they will no longer be able to feed themselves.  And then, eventually, they will die.  The lifespan for this horrible disease is late teens to early twenties.   Join us here to follow our journey.

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Donate toward the Fries Supplemental Needs Trust through Rare Sisters or directly to Beyond Batten Foundation to support research.  Have an idea for a fundraiser?  We'd love to hear it.

Meet our girls, and learn more about Batten disease.