When you think about your child’s care team, you probably think about their teachers, grandparents, therapists and medical care professionals. You may also think about the staff at the CdLS Foundation as part of this team. However, there is one care team member who has touched your child’s life in many ways, some of which you may not even realize – the Foundation’s Medical Director, Doctor Antonie (Tonie) Kline.
You may have heard the recent news about Dr. Kline’s recognition from Global Genes as the RARE Champion of Hope in Medical Care and Treatment. According to Global Genes, “over 200 individuals and organizations worldwide were nominated by their peers for a RARE Champion of Hope award for their notable efforts in rare disease advocacy, science, collaborative sciences, medical care and treatment.” What you may not know, is how far above and beyond she goes when caring for those with CdLS, and the families within this organization and globally.
Not only does Kline provide care for individuals with CdLS, and provide advice and support for their parents and family members as the Foundation’s medical director, but she also cares in a very personal way for families around the world, and showcases this in her efforts with the Foundation’s running group, Team CdLS. Kline has championed a team in the Baltimore Running Festival for many years, and raises funds for the event with her family members. Her family members volunteer at events, raises money through honey sales and are always champions of our cause.
Please join us in thanking Dr. Kline for all of her hard work and dedication to the Foundation and the CdLS community, and congratulating her on this well-deserved award.