This summer we received word of the death of Scott C. Foster. Scott was born on Aug. 17, 1971 and died on May 9, 1994. At 22, Scott held a full time job and was a busy young man. He was doing so well no one realized how quickly things could change. He died after a short illness. Scott had classic MSUD.

The Foster family has established the Scott C. Foster Memorial Fund. The following is taken from a letter describing the Fund.

"The loss of Scott Foster is something that will be felt and remembered by many, and that is particularly comforting to the Foster Family during this time. Those of you who knew Scott will remember a very special and caring person.

"While it is good the disease is so rare, this also creates a problem of limited research funds and attention to find a cure. Many in the medical profession expect with proper funding that hopefully a cure will be found in less than a decade.

"At this time, the Foster family and friends have decided that the best remembrance of Scott will be to dedicate time and effort toward fighting the disease that took Scott and leaves many children at risk. One of these children at risk is Scott's beautiful younger sister, Katie, who is now 11 years old, and also has MSUD.

"To that end, the Foster family has created the Scott C. Foster Memorial Fund that will be dedicated to raising money to fight this disease. All funds received toward this fight will be channeled to a research group at the Massachusetts General Hospital who will use the funds for genetic research."

I understand the Fosters are very busy with their fund raising activities. May the Lord bless their efforts. It is a wonderfully healing way to work through our sorrow by putting our efforts into helping others. We extend our sincere sympathy to the Foster family.


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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