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In loving memory 12/19/12-11/12/17

Mackenzie was born on December 19, 2012. She was a beautiful, happy and seemingly healthy baby. Her first year of life was marked by the enjoyments of hitting all of the expected milestones. We as her parents frequently daydreamed about her future – a future that is now at risk if we cannot find a cure for this disease that is causing Mackenzie to lose the functions of her body. Mackenzie was diagnosed with TSD earlier this year after a long difficult road of testing and misdiagnosis. Mackenzie continues to bring light and joy to everyone in her life. As her parents it is difficult to watch her slowly lose her ability to function. She inspires us daily to fight against this disease with the same grace and dignity that she does.

When Mackenzie was 1.5 years old she began losing skills that had previously been easy for her.  She no longer was able to pull to stand or walk.  As time went on she began to lose her fine motor skills as well.   Even with physical and occupational therapy Mackenzie was not regaining her skills.  The doctors ran numerous tests, and (incorrectly) diagnosed Mackenzie with mitochondrial disease.

After meeting with many specialists, her diagnosis started to be questioned.  After much more testing Mackenzie was finally diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease.  Tay-Sachs disease is a rare genetic neurodegerative disorder that has no treatment or cure.  Tay Sachs disease is a fatal genetic condition that currently has no treatment or cure. TSD is characterized by the absence of a vital enzyme (Hex-A) that is needed to breakdown waste products in the cell – particularly in the nerve cells in the brain. The destruction of cells causes many symptoms including blindness, paralysis, seizures and difficulty swallowing. Most children suffering from this disease die by the age of 5.

Please help us to give children affected with this disease the future that they deserve.

Mackenzie Plick gained her wings on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Mackenzie is now free of Tay Sachs and at peace.

The family planned a Celebration of Life gathering at Basking Ridge Country Club (185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920) on Saturday (11/18) from 10:00am – 1:00pm. 

Please visit www.curetay-sachs.org for more information and to make a donation in memory of Mackenzie. Every dollar gets us closer to a cure! Thank you for all your support!