On August 28, 1999 we hosted an MSUD picnic on our farm. It was a beautiful day. There were approximately 90 people here for lunch. There were 8 MSUD families and some relatives, plus the five families here in Blair County, Pennsylvania. There were 21 children with MSUD. The parents and children had a wonderful time of fellowship and exchanging news.

Dr. Morton and his wife, Caroline, spent a few hours with us, bringing along Seth and Sandy Hammers and their baby, Joshua, from New Jersey. Dr. Morton had discharged baby Joshua from the Lancaster General Hospital that morning.

I do believe the children's highlight was the food. Our menu consisted of low protein bread and buns, veggie burgers and even low protein hot dogs. We also had baked potatoes, green beans in a sauce, sweet corn, low pro macaroni and cheese, and lettuce salad. For dessert there were low protein cookies, melon balls with grapes, and low protein soft ice cream out of a rented soft ice cream machine. (See the RECIPES section for the low protein ice cream recipe.) One side of the machine dispensed "regular" ice cream and the other side low protein ice cream. The first person to fill a cone was a child with MSUD. He was so excited, he filled his cone with regular ice cream before realizing, "Oops, wrong ice cream." Both kinds looked exactly the same.


The MSUD Family Support Group is currently funding several research projects and we are proactively looking for researchers interested in developing new treatments or finding a cure for MSUD. Significant funding is necessary if we are to accomplish this goal.
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