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Meg Menzel, MS, GCG


Meg Menzel is a genetic counselor at Children's National.

Ryan A's Story

Ryan Alam, a teen fighting a rare neurodegenerative disease, tandem skydives with SFC Chris Acevedo of the U.S. Army Parachute Team. Photo courtesy U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights.

Ryan has neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation, or NBIA. Of the different types of NBIA, he has mitochondrial-membrane protein-associated neurodegeneration, or MPAN, a disease in which a surplus of iron accumulates in the brain and causes it to deteriorate. Tuba Alam, Ryan’s mom, says that despite his condition, his goal in life is to help others like him find a cure so that they can live a full life.

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