This Saturday, the Lower Merion Aces will host a very special evening of hoops for “Hope.” The Aces will take on Haddonfield at 7 PM in the 1st Annual Hope Classic benefiting the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.
Four years ago, Aces assistant coach Kevin Grugan’s daughter, Hope, was diagnosed with AS, a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one of every 15,000 live births. Characteristics of AS include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures and walking and balance disorders. It is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Despite these characteristics, individuals with Angelman Syndrome have a happy demeanor, laugh frequently and are often smiling.
Hope is a beautiful and amazing girl and an inspiration to all who know her. Saturday’s game will honor her remarkable progress and raise critical funds and awareness for ASF, the largest non-governmental funder of AS specific research. This research has brought forth new discoveries that bring hope for therapies and ultimately a cure for AS.
Be part of a great evening of basketball and help make a difference in the lives of those affected by AS.