Shine Green


Raising Awareness for
Phelan-McDermid Syndrome

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, is a rare genetic condition that affects families worldwide, Including ours. Through our #ShineGreen social media campaign, we aim to highlight the challenges faced by those living with this condition and to promote understanding and support.

What is Phelan-McDermid Syndrome?

Understanding PMS

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) is a rare genetic disorder caused by changes in the SHANK3 gene, located on chromosome 22. This condition affects fewer than 2,500 people worldwide, making it extremely rare. Individuals with PMS often experience developmental delays, difficulty with speech, and symptoms similar to autism. They may also face various medical and behavioural challenges. 

Our beautiful daughter Olivia was born with PMS, and we’re dedicated to raising awareness and helping more people understand this condition.

October 22nd

International Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Awareness Day

October 22 is “International Phelan-McDermid Awareness Day”. the aim is to spread knowledge, inspire compassion, and make a difference in the lives of those affected by PMS. Together, we can shine a light on Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and drive change for a brighter future.

Each year, landmarks around the world are illuminated in green to raise awareness. Recently, Shine Bright UK created an event in Cambridge, to light up King’s College in green!

We made Kings College Chapel “Shine Green” to raise awareness of Phelan-McDermid Syndrome