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Five-year-old Millie Leviton gets behind Jeans for Genes Day
A five-year-old girl who suffers from an inherited blood condition is helping raise awareness of children’s genetic disorders as part of Jeans for Genes Day.
Millie Leviton, of East Finchley, is encouraging people to get behind the annual fundraising day by wearing jeans for the day and making a donation to Genetic Disorders UK.
Millie and her brothers George, nine, and Joseph, 11, all have the genetic condition Factor XI, which means their blood does not clot properly.
If they fell over and hurt themselves they might not stop bleeding – but their parents Juliette and Craig do not think it should stop them from enjoying their childhoods.
Stay-at-home mum Juliette, 40, said: “Millie and her brothers understand they need to tell people that their blood doesn’t clot properly if they fall over. I think ‘let them be children’.
“Having Factor XI Deficiency doesn’t affect their day-to-day life but it’s important that people in their life know they have the condition.”
Leading up to the event Millie has been encouraging her school friends to wear their jeans in support of the charity.
Her genetic disorder is common among Ashkenazi Jews, Jews of Eastern European ancestry, like the Levitons.
As a result Genetic Disorders UK plans to donate £12,000 from Jeans for Genes Day to Jewish Genetic Disorders UK to provide toolkits for healthcare and welfare professionals to raise awareness of Factor XI deficiency and other conditions that affect the Jewish community.
To make a donation Jenes for Genes Day visit www.jeansforgenesday.org
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