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A family builds a foundation for hope

Bishops spread information, raise awareness

Courtesy photo Joshua Bishop, left, in a family photo with his 4-year-old brother Robby. Joshua has a rare chromosomal disorder called MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
April 13, 2010
WALES — If your house is on fire, you call the fire department. If you've been burglarized, you call the police. If you're injured, you call an ambulance.

In an age when there is a service or specialists catering to nearly every human need, what do you do when you have a problem for which there are no specific services or specialists available?

That is the question Wales resident Amy Bishop and her husband John were facing when their now 2 1/2 year old son Joshua was diagnosed with a disability most people — including many medical professionals — have never even heard of.

The answer they came up with: start your own organization.

Joshua Bishop is one of a small global population of young boys diagnosed with MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome.

MeCP2, Amy Bishop explained, is a "developmental disorder that primarily affects boys."

"It's a chromosomal abnormality, and it affects all of them a little differently," Bishop continued.

Affects of MeCP2 include low muscle tone, which results in late physical development, as well as limited speech and mobility, and may be accompanied by seizures or a susceptibility to infections.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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