Network Family Reunions

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The next family reunion will be held July 21-23, 2017 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

Every three years, the Chromosome 9pminus Network holds a “Family Reunion” in a to-be-determined location in the United States. Family Reunions are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow 9pminus families in a fun and informative atmosphere. The most recent Family Reunion was held in Montpelier, Vermont with 31 families from all over the US as well as Canada and Germany in attendance. The next Family Reunion is scheduled to be held sometime in 2017.

Family Reunions are made possible by the Network’s various fundraisers. The monies raised from the fundraisers are used to offset the costs of the weekend gathering. In addition, the Family Reunions are made possible by the Network’s Family Reunion Committee and a Host Family. Approximately two years before the event, the Board of Directors solicits interested Network families to be a Host family. Once a Host Family and location are determined, the Family Reunion Committee works with the Host family to coordinate the fun-filled weekend. Although the itinerary changes from reunion to reunion, the gatherings are geared towards providing information and support amongst the 9pminus families in attendance.

Some of the exciting activities from prior Family Reunions include: roundtable discussions for parents/caregivers, a presentation from the Network’s genetic counsel, a magic show, an interactive reptile and animal show, 9pminus Prom, group meals, and family free time.

The Network has offered scholarships for first-time attendees and may be available for future reunions. Information regarding upcoming Family Reunions and scholarship opportunities is sent to enrolled families as the event approaches.

The Chromosome 9pminus Network’s Family Reunions are a magical time for all in attendance. The Network encourages all enrolled to attend and to share in the experience!