5th Annual Benefit Concert

Written by Katie Jaskolski on . Posted in News

We’d like to extend a HUGE round of thanks to everyone who helped make our 5th Annual Benefit Concert a success! Due to the generous support of our donors, sponsors, and attendees, this year’s benefit raised an incredible amount of nearly $27,000 to support our mission to raise awareness of, educate around, and support research for invisible illnesses. Your kindness and generosity are very much appreciated!

The night was filled with incredible music by Boston-based singer-songwriter, Chris Trapper; amazing silent auction items; and an inspirational speech from spotlight speaker, author, and advocate for individuals with disabilities, Lisa K. Gigliotti.

We were so honored to partner with the University of Toledo Medical Center again this year to support Dr. Blair Grubb and his team’s groundbreaking research on Dysautonomia. Life as a Zebra Foundation presented Dr. Grubb and the University of Toledo Foundation with a $11,000 check. We look forward to our continued work with UTMC in the future.

Dysautonomia

Dysautonomia literally means dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the master regulator of organ function throughout the body. It is involved in the control of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, respiration, digestion and other vital functions.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Individuals with EDS have a defect in their connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many body parts such as the skin, muscles and ligaments. The fragile skin and unstable joints found in EDS are the result of faulty collagen.

Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a family of rare and chronic autoimmune diseases, all characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels. There are more than 15 different vasculitis diseases, all of which can affect people of various ages, races, and genders.