Events

Jun
5
Sat
RETT RACERS VIRTUAL SUMMER 5K
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am

The 2nd Annual Summer Virtual 5K is Back!

Date: June 5, 2021 Join our community around the world by lacing up your shoes and hitting your local neighborhood, trail (social distancing required), or treadmill. Run, walk, skip, or stroll to end Rett syndrome! No registration fee; however, fundraising is encouraged. Once $200 has been raised, we will send you a Rett Racer t-shirt. Share your photos on race day to our Facebook event or your personal fundraising page! Use the hashtag #rettracers. Information & Registration
Jul
28
Wed
RettEd: Gene Therapy in Rare Disease
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm
As a rare disease community, we can learn a lot from others further down the road of gene replacement therapy. In this informative conversation with IRSF's CSO, Dr. Dominique Pichard, you'll hear from P.J. Brooks, PhD, Program Director for the Office of Rare Disease Research at the NIH's Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. We'll also hear from CureSMA's Chief Scientific Officer, Jill Jarecki, PhD, who will share what CureSMA learned from their FDA-approved gene therapy clinical trial experience. Join us Wednesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. EDT. Takeaways from this RettEd: - Understand the potential for gene replacement therapy for single-gene disorders like Rett syndrome and learn what is involved in delivering complex treatment molecules to the affected cell. - Understand what NCATS is doing to accelerate clinical trials in rare diseases by moving beyond "one disease at a time" approaches. - Get perspective from another rare disease foundation's gene therapy clinical trial experience. Information & Registration
Aug
20
Fri
IRSF Summer Trivia Night
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm
Join us for another Trivia Night with IRSF! You’ll have a chance to compete for prizes, test your trivia knowledge & support Rett syndrome at the same time!
  • Date: Friday, August 20th at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST
  • Space will be limited so check back for information on team registration.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available!
  • Please direct any questions to Jackie Ventura at [email protected].
Information & Registration
Sep
1
Wed
19th Annual SoCal Virtual Strollathon
Sep 1 @ 8:00 am
Join us virtually this Fall as you Stroll in your neighborhood or host a picnic to help overpower Rett. We will host a live event via Zoom on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at 12 noon PST. Please check back soon for more details. Fundraising pages now open to create teams & personal pages for the virtual Strollathon. Register Donate Sponsor
Sep
19
Sun
10th Annual Nebraska Strollathon
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am

Join us for the 10th Annual Nebraska Strollathon!

Important Update: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to host the event virtually this year! We care about the health of you and your family and hope to be able to gather back in person in 2022.

You can participate virtually in the following ways:

  • Create your fundraising page & teams to help us reach our goal.
  • Purchase a Strollathon t-shirt; shopping link coming soon!
  • Stroll in your own community on Sunday 9/19- be creative! Decorate wheelchairs, cars, etc!
  • Participate in our online auction; coming early September.
  • Join our Zoom call on Sunday 9/19 at 10am CST: link coming soon.
Information & Registration
Sep
25
Sat
18th Annual Cincinnati Strollathon: Virtual Edition
Sep 25 @ 8:00 am
Join us for the 18th Annual Cincinnati Strollathon; VIRTUAL EDITION! We have made the difficult decision to host this year's event VIRTUALLY. We miss you all and can't wait to gather in person again. In the meantime, help us have a great virtual event by participating in a way that works for you!
  • Fundraising pages are now open to create teams and help us overpower Rett.
  • On Saturday, Sept 25th, plan to Stroll your way. Stroll your local neighborhood; decorate your car and drive around town to spread awareness!
  • Consider asking your school or employer to have a special day to wear purple and collect donations!
  • Event Chairs: Jen & Jim Magato ([email protected]) and Brittney Gibson ([email protected])
  • Follow us on Facebook for continued updates & more fun!
Register Donate Sponsor
Oct
3
Sun
15th Annual Minnesota Strollathon
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am

We have made the difficult decision to make this year's event VIRTUAL. We miss you and can't wait to be together again. In the meantime, help us have a great virtual event to help overpower Rett!

  • Fundraising pages now open to create teams & personal pages for the Strollathon.
  • On Sunday, 10/3, plan to Stroll in your own communities. Get creative; decorate your car, wheelchairs, bikes, etc to help raise awareness for Rett!
  • We will be hosting an online auction opening in late September; check back soon.
Information & Registration
Oct
9
Sat
Run for Rett 5K
Oct 9 @ 7:00 am

2nd Annual Run for Rett 5k

Date: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 Location: Bradenton, FL We are very excited to have the Second Annual Run for Rett 5K to help spread awareness about Rett Syndrome. This year plans to be quite exciting with donations going to International Rett Syndrome Foundation as well the We Carry Kevan crew here to help any families who would like to join in the area with a child afflicted with Rett Syndrome. There will be food, prizes, and much more! Registration Make a Donation You can also check out our Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/261650685291726 Please direct any questions to event chair, Artie Phillips at [email protected]
5th Annual Virtual Iowa Strollathon
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am

Cheers to 5 years of the Iowa Stroll!

We are so excited to share that the 5th Annual Iowa Strollathon will be happening this year and we have so many fun ways for you to join in! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to get a little creative in order to continue the momentum to raise funds & awareness to get us one day closer to a world without Rett! This year, we are encouraging you to Stroll your own way- this can be ANYTHING you think of. Some examples could include; a t-shirt fundraiser, a neighborhood Stroll, a garage sale, chili cook-off competition….you name it and you can turn it into a way to raise funds & awareness for Rett. We are here to help you with whatever you come up with and there may be a prize for most creative Stroll .

We will be working hard to make this a fun & engaging experience.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for exciting updates!

  • We plan to host a small celebration on Saturday, October 9th for Rett families at Kinzler Construction from 12pm-2pm. Invitations will be sent to families via email & postcard.
  • All others are asked to celebrate virtually on 10/09 by Strolling in your own neighborhoods, parks, etc!
Information & Registration
Oct
16
Sat
2nd Annual South Carolina Strollathon
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am
Join us for the 2nd Annual South Carolina Strollathon! We hope to safely gather in-person this Fall and will keep you updated as the event becomes closer! Fundraising pages now open to create teams & personal pages for the Strollathon. Event Chairs: Stephanie Winckler, Danyell Flowers Follow us on Facebook for more event info & updates. Information & Registration
Oct
23
Sat
Rett Gets Rocked
Oct 23 – Oct 24 all-day
Be sure to support Jay Murry, avid Rett Racer & supporter as he takes on his 4th Annual Rett Gets Rocked initiative. Over the past three years, nearly $14,000 have been raised—split between IRSF and the Rett Spectrum Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Rett Gets Rocked combines Jay’s love for running ultramarathons with the intent to help find a cure for Rett syndrome. In 2021, Jay will run 100 miles and has one other big goal--to help bring a cure of Rett syndrome to those who battle it every day. To support Jay in his efforts, go cheer him on at Wash-U on Sat 10/23 and 10/24. More details can be found at: https://rettracers2021.funraise.org/fundraiser/jay-murry
19th Annual SoCal Strollathon: Virtual Edition
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am
Join us for the 19th Annual SoCal Strollathon! Join us virtually this Fall as you Stroll in your neighborhood or host a picnic to help overpower Rett. We will host a live event via Zoom on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at 12 noon PST. Please check back soon for more details.
  • Fundraising pages now open to create teams & personal pages for the virtual Strollathon.
  • Event Chairs: Sherri Brady
  • Follow us on Facebook for more event info & updates.
Register Donate Sponsor
14th Annual St. Louis Strollathon
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am
Join us for the 14th Annual St. Louis Strollathon Fall 2021! We miss you and can't wait to be together again. We hope to have a live, in-person Stroll on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021- more details to come! Until then, stay safe & be well. Fundraising pages now open to create teams & personal pages for the Strollathon. Event Chairs: Joyce Opinsky, Amy Kreher & Amanda Sommer ([email protected]) Follow us on Facebook for continued updates. Information & Registration
Dec
8
Wed
Retted: Occupational Therapy Strategies: Maximizing Hand Function + Feeding
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm

Occupational Therapy Strategies: Maximizing Hand Function + Feeding

People with Rett often have difficulty controlling hand movements, which can lead to frustration in using communication devices and participating in adapted recreation and many daily activities. Feeding in Rett patients can also be challenging because of decreased motor skills when chewing and swallowing as well as communication issues in relaying what they want. If you're facing either of these issues, finding a trained therapist who understands Rett is key to creating reasonable goals, managing expectations, and perhaps recovering gains lost during a regressive phase of Rett. Todd Levy and Emily Scott from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and IRSF Center of Excellence will discuss strategies they've seen work in Rett patients and outline the criteria to look for in finding an occupational therapist that will meet your loved one's needs. Information & Registration
Mar
11
Fri
Rett Syndrome Externally-Led Patient Focused Drug Development Meeting
Mar 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Rett Syndrome Externally-Led Patient Focused Drug Development Meeting Date: Friday, March 11th, 2022 Time: 10am-3pm EDT Location: Online via video conference (meeting registrants will receive an email with a link to the meeting) The Rett Syndrome Externally-Led Patient Focused Drug Development (EL-PFDD) Meeting is our community’s one shot to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with insights to influence the development of new drugs to treat Rett. The International Rett Syndrome Foundation is co-hosting this event with the Rett Syndrome Research Trust. These organizations invite and encourage you to attend. Come and share about the impact of Rett syndrome on your family and how symptom improvements would affect you and your loved one’s quality of life. Together, we can make a difference for the future of Rett syndrome healthcare. Information & Registration
Apr
23
Sat
Run for Rett 2022
Apr 23 @ 8:30 am

RUN FOR RETT

Saturday, April 23, 2022

IN PERSON EVENT!!! & VIRTUAL EVENT!!! Location: Busse Woods, Grove #28 Elk Grove, IL Schedule: 5K – 8:30 am (on-site registration begins at 7:30) 1 mile fun run – 9:00 am HOW TO RUN VIRTUALLY Register at raceroster.com Run anytime between April 16 and April 23, 2022. Choose your own course Most importantly….have fun and enjoy the time outside! To register for either event visit raceroster.com First 200 participants will receive an official Run for Rett T-Shirt! Contact Person: Diane Ross, Email: [email protected], Tel: 847-524-7540
Apr
26
Tue
2022 IRSF Rett Syndrome Scientific Meeting @ GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER
Apr 26 – Apr 27 all-day
One of the goals of our Rett Syndrome Scientific Meeting is to bring together researchers studying Rett and related fields in academia, industry, and governmental agencies from around the world. We invite all researchers to participate, discuss the latest in Rett syndrome science, and share their findings in this meeting. IRSF’s Rett Syndrome Scientific Meeting will be held immediately before the main portion of the ASCEND 2022 Rett Syndrome National Family Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. It will consist of both poster and oral presentation sessions focused on basic, translational, and clinical work on Rett syndrome. LEARN MORE & REGISTER
Apr
27
Wed
ASCEND 2022 Rett Syndrome National Summit @ GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER
Apr 27 – Apr 30 all-day
We’re gearing up for the ASCEND 2022 Rett Syndrome National Summit in Nashville! GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER April 27-30, 2022 Designed to unite us as a community, this event will bring together parents, families, clinicians, researchers, and Rett organizations around the world. Together we can overcome the challenges of Rett syndrome and reach the summit of hope and healing–a world without Rett syndrome. Information & Registration
Jun
4
Sat
IRSF’s 3rd Annual Virtual Summer 5K
Jun 4 all-day
IRSF's 3rd Annual Virtual Summer 5K

The Virtual Summer 5K is back this June!

Join our community around the world right from your local neighborhood, trail, or treadmill. Whether you run, walk, or stroll, you'll be going ALL IN for a cure!

Why Lace Up for Rett?

  1. It raises money for Rett syndrome research. Once you raise $200, we'll send you a Rett Racer t-shirt.
  2. It unites us as a community. Share your photos on race day to our Facebook Event Page or your personal fundraising page. Use the hashtag #rettracers.
  3. It's FUN! Whether you're a seasoned runner or on a stroll with your family, everyone can join in on the fun - anywhere and at any time!

THE DETAILS Saturday, June 4th, 2022 Anywhere you are! No registration fee; however, fundraising is encouraged

Contact Jackie Ventura at [email protected] with questions.

SIGN-UP OR LEARN MORE
Sep
24
Sat
Michigan Strollathon @ Drake Sports Park
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2022 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET Location: Drake Sports Park (6801 Drake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322) Event Chairs: Lisa Fenberg & Kate Ficano (Contact Email) The Michigan Strollathon is back and in-person this Fall! Save the date to join us on Saturday, September 24th for our 13th annual stroll at Drake Sports Park in West Bloomfield Township, MI. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
Nebraska Strollathon @ Yanney Heritage Park (ERC Building)
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2022 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT Location: Yanney Heritage Park - ERC Building (2020 W 11th St, Kearney, NE 68845) Event Chairs: Jacy Horst, Megan Ladenburger, & Elly Gullion (Contact Email) The Nebraska Strollathon is back and in-person this Fall! Save the date to join us on Saturday, September 24th for our 11th annual stroll at Yanney Heritage Park in Kearney, NE. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
Oct
2
Sun
Minnesota Strollathon @ Environmental Learning Center
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 Time: 1-4 p.m. CT Location: Environmental Learning Center (13550 Dakota Ave S, Savage, MN 55378) Event Chairs: Mary Kallstrom (Contact Email) The Minnesota Strollathon is back and in-person this Fall! Save the date to WALK N' ROLL with us on Sunday, October 2nd for our 16th annual stroll at the Environmental Learning Center in Savage, MN. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
Oct
8
Sat
Cincinnati Strollathon @ Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Date: Saturday, October 8th, 2022 Time: 10:00 a.m. ET Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220) Event Chairs: Brittney Gibson and Jen & Jim Magato (Contact Email) The Cincinnati Strollathon is back and in-person this Fall! Save the date to join us on Saturday, October 8th for our 18th annual stroll at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
St. Louis Strollathon @ JCC St. Louis
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Date: Saturday, October 8th, 2022 Time: 10:00 a.m. CT Location: JCC St. Louis (2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146) Event Chairs: Joyce Opinsky, Amy Kreher, & Amanda Sommer (Contact Email) The St. Louis Strollathon is back and in-person this Fall! Save the date to join us on Saturday, October 8th for our 15th annual stroll at the JCC St. Louis, also benefitting the St. Louis Rett Syndrome Clinic. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
Oct
15
Sat
Bee The Light 5K @ Southeastway Park
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am
Date: Saturday, October 15th, 2022 Time: 9am-12pm ET Address: Southeastway Park, 5624 S. Carroll Rd, New Palestine, IN 46163 Register and Learn More Event Info: A great opportunity to run or walk in the cool fall weather, the Bee the Light 5K is the first annual race sponsored by The Shelby Foundation for Kindness Delivered. This exciting event on a paved trail will highlight the family-friendly environment of Southeastway Park which also includes bike trails, a playground, shelters, an education center, wooded areas, and a pond. This race is held in honor of Shelby Kraft, who passed away in early 2022, and 100% of registration proceeds will be donated to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Rett Syndrome is a neurologic disorder, primarily affecting girls and women, which can lead to significant disability. Shelby is also the namesake of Kindness Delivered, an organization that delivers kindness in Jesus' name throughout the community. For more information on Shelby and Kindness Delivered, visit kindnessdelivered.org.
Oct
21
Fri
Rett Spectrum 5th Annual Family Education Symposium @ Washington University School of Medicine
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm
Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 Time: 3:00 p.m. CT (entry in-person/zoom at 2:45p) Location: Washington University School of Medicine (660 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110) INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
Oct
22
Sat
IRSF RettEd Day at Kennedy Krieger Institute @ Kennedy Krieger Institute
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Date: October 22, 2022 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern Time Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute's Arnold J. Capute, MD, MPH Conference Center – Eighth Floor (1741 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205) Our RettEd Days are for everyone wanting to connect with experts in the field of Rett syndrome especially families, caregivers, educators, clinicians, and therapists. Participants will enjoy a rich and informative day of topics and discussions covering research updates, medical and therapeutic intervention strategies, communication strategies, and more. REGISTRATION & INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date!
So Cal Strollathon @ Whittier High School
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 Time: 12-4 p.m. PT Location: Whittier High School (12417 Philadelphia St, Whittier, CA 90601) Event Chair: Sherri Brady (Contact Email) The So Cal Strollathon is back and in-person this Fall! Save the date to join us on Saturday, October 22nd for our 20th annual stroll at Whittier High School. REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
Oct
30
Sun
Dallas Strollathon @ Gussie Field Watterworth Park
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Date: Sunday, October 30th, 2022 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4 p.m. Central Location: Gussie Field Watterworth Park (2610 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75234) Event Chairs: Vanessa Peace  (Contact Email) REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.
Nov
5
Sat
Florida Strollathon @ Tradewinds Park
Nov 5 @ 9:30 am
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 Time: 9:30 a.m. ET Location: Tradewinds Park, Grandiosa Shelter (3600 W. Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073) Event Chair: Henry Perez (Contact Email) REGISTER & MORE INFORMATION Make sure to follow the event on Facebook to stay up to date! The Strollathon is a nationwide IRSF fundraiser that brings together local communities to go ALL IN towards treatment and a cure for Rett syndrome. Since 2004, these family-friendly events powered by dedicated volunteers, sponsors, donors, and Rett families have raised more than $15M to advance IRSF’s mission to empower families and accelerate research toward a world without Rett.