Golf Outing Planned to Benefit DNA Sequencing at MCW
The Human and Molecular Genetics Center (HMGC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Friends for Research will hold the sixth annual golf fundraiser at the Legend at Brandybrook in Wales, Wis., on Monday, May 19.
The fundraiser is in honor of the Brayman brothers, Jack and Todd, who are both participants in the whole genome sequencing program at the HMGC. Jack and Todd are both affected by a rare pediatric neurotransmitter disorder. While some pediatric neurotransmitter disorders can be treated, others remain a mystery, and there are no known treatments.
Genetics specialists at MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin recommended whole genome sequencing to search for the cause of the boys’ disease. Whole genome sequencing is basically a way to decode the language of life. From a blood sample, every sequence of DNA is determined and recorded. From that human blueprint, scientists begin the painstaking process of poring through the data, looking at variants, or differences, in the DNA from the “reference” DNA.
The proceeds from last year’s event allowed the genome sequencing program in the HMGC to reach an unparalleled achievement, driving to completion the optimization and validation of the HMGC lab at MCW as the first in the world to offer a fully-interpreted, clinically diagnostic whole genome sequencing test.
The golf outing will raise awareness and funds for whole genome sequencing research at the HMGC. For $175, play 18 holes of golf, enjoy happy hour after the round, and stay for a dinner and evening event followed by a live auction. For non-golfers, sponsorship opportunities and dinner and evening event-only packages are also available. The event kicks off at 9:00 am with range time and putting green, followed by lunch. Noon is the shotgun start, followed by 4:00 happy hour and a 7:00 dinner.