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Young girl showing a picture she drew during the SDS Family Day event


The SDS Registry is committed to supporting patients and families living with SDS through education, access to physicians experienced with SDS, updates about SDS research, connection to the SDS Community, and opportunity to join the effort to cure SDS.

Why a registry?

Why a registry?

SDS is rare. We still have much to work to do to understand SDS and its medical complications. Progress on SDS research without a Registry was slow, and important questions could not be addressed.

  • Each hospital only sees a few patients (or even just a single patient) with SDS so experience is limited

  • Information is siloed in individual hospitals and not studied all together 

  • An individual project only provides a single snapshot of SDS without looking at changes over time

  • Individual projects often do not build on prior projects

The registry collects data over years of time and is able to provide a clearer picture of SDS and build on previous projects to push our understanding forward. By contributing data and samples to the Registry, patients and families with SDS can accelerate research to find a cure for SDS.​

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Learn about the SDS Registry

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If it wasn’t for the Registry linking people together, we wouldn’t be a part of this, and we wouldn’t have a diagnosis.

Pam Miller, mom of three children with SDS

Patient Stories

Meet Makenna

Makenna was first put on Hematology/ Oncology’s radar at ten weeks old when it was discovered that her hemoglobin levels were critically low. Ten months later, she was tested for SDS and genetically confirmed.


Today Makenna is a sweet and spunky toddler who loves to play with her friends, play outside, and talk. Makenna’s proud parents are Derek, an engineer and Tracy, a teacher. They hope to model a spirit of resilience and grit for Makenna so that she grows to know no limits. They enjoy raising money for the Registry, because they know it is essential to improving treatments for those affected by SDS.


The Registry gives them hope for a cure!

Makenna, who has Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, with her mom and Dad at the clinic
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