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For the second consecutive year, GlobalPro is the title sponsor for the annual Monkey Madness 5k Run & Family Fun Walk, an event that benefits Families for Fragile X. We are pleased to invite you to lace up your running shoes and join the race during our annual fundraiser to support the advanced research to find a cure for Fragile X Syndrome and to give families affected by Fragile X the support that they so desperately need. To donate, click here.

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tickets: Adult 12 and over $35.00 pre-register Children 3-11 $15.00
Location: Zoo Miami, Miami, Florida

The event includes a scenic run or walk through Zoo Miami, the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States. Activities along the path engage kids of all ages. The finish line features animal encounters, special performances, face painting, rock climbing, carnival games, bounce houses, live music and more.

What is Fragile X

The short answer is that Fragile X syndrome (also called Fragile X) is the most common inherited form of mental impairment. It is caused when a mutation in a gene prevents the body from making an important protein. This impairment can range from learning disabilities to more severe cognitive or intellectual disabilities. FXS is the most common known cause of autism or “autistic-like” behaviors. Symptoms also can include characteristic physical and behavioral features and delays in speech and language development. The syndrome affects approximately one in 3,600 males and one in 8,000 females. It results from a change, or mutation, in a single gene, which can be passed from one generation to the next. Fragile X appears in families of every ethnic group and income level.

There is currently no cure for Fragile X, but once it has been diagnosed there are a number of management strategies that can help many children and adults.

For more information, click here.

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