Bri-Finding the Light in the Darkness
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Briana Wozniak is a 16-year-old student at Berea High School who lives with a rare genetic disorder called, Wolfram Syndrome.  She was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 7, just a couple days after her birthday.  Three years later, to the date, on June 16th of 2014, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Wolfram Syndrome.   For those of you who don’t know, Wolfram Syndrome is a rare, autosomal genetic condition found in 1 in a million people across the world.  There are four main characteristics to this:  Diabetes Mellitus (insulin dependent diabetes), Diabetes Insipidus (altered kidney function), deafness, and optic a-trophy.    Briana has all 4 manifestations of the syndrome.  It is a progressive disease, but with the help of doctors at Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital, she is part of a research clinic that is searching for a way to stop the progression and reverse the damages.   

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