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2nd Annual Pancakes for PBD-ZSD - Saturday, May 18th

The 2nd Annual Pancakes for PBD-ZSD event is an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast benifit to raise funds to offset the cost for our family to attend the 2013 Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD) Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer. Any money raised above what we will go to help other families impacted by PBD-ZSD attend the 2013 GFPD Conference.

Saturday, May 18th
First Baptist Church (Mt. Zion, IL)
$5 per person / $20 max per family (Children 5 and under eat FREE)

Families like ours, who are impacted by PBD-ZSD, look forward to the GFPD Conference each year. This is the one place where we can be with other families that understand this diagnosis, learn about the latest research, and have our children seen by the top PBD-ZSD specialists in North America.

For more information about the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders (GFPD) and PBD-ZSD (Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder-Zellweger Spectrum Disorder) please visit

If you are unable to attend but would still like to show your support, tax deductible donations may be made online through the GFPD website or by mail. Please designate "Marshall Family Conference Fund" when donating. Please visit for more information.
Thank you so much for your support!
Jeff, Pamela & Ethan


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