We are excited to be hosting our first in-person event since the start of the pandemic!

The Brennan Family will host their third annual Dance for Dravet, on Friday October 22, at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St Louis, Missouri. The event is held in honor of their 4-year-old family member Anna Odlaug, who has Dravet syndrome. Funds raised at the event will help to fund cutting edge research into Dravet syndrome to improve the quality of life for patients and lead to a cure.

James Brennan, Event Co-Chair said, All of the Brennans want to help Anna and the other children suffering from Dravet syndrome. We know the demanding and specific care that Anna requires. There’s rarely a break for the parents and they never know when a seizure will occur. We are all working to raise the much needed funds for research at Dance for Dravet and feel good knowing we made a difference in the lives of those suffering from this disease. The entire Brennan Family was so appreciative of the generosity of everyone to help try and find a cure for this terrible disease. We are excited about this year’s event.

Guests will start the evening by browsing an amazing array of silent auction items during the cocktail hour, while enjoying music by local singer and songwriter Chris Cahill. After dinner, our live program kicks off with local celebrity emcee, Tom Ackerman. Tom is the Sports Director at KMOX in St. Louis, lead anchor on Total Information A.M., and a host on the Cardinals Radio Network. During the program, guests will hear Anna’s story, then have the opportunity to support research efforts either by donating to our Bid for a Cure paddle raise or by vying for one of our amazing live auction packages. After the program, guests will be treated to live music from Kecia Davis and the 2.0 Band. Kecia, the lead vocalist, was a backup singer for Ray Charles as one of the Rayletts.

Event Co-Chair Ted Odlaug, Anna’s grandfather and DSF board member, said, We are so thankful to our St. Louis-based family and friends and others for their support of the mission of DSF through their participation in this event. My son and his wife, like all parents with a child with Dravet syndrome, have to fight every day for Anna. The work DSF does provides them with additional support, research for better treatments, and hopefully one day a cure.

Since 2019, Dance for Dravet has raised over $600,000 and counting. As Anna’s parents, Kim and Andrew shared, We are extremely grateful for your support of Anna and others like her. Because of you advancements are being made to get us closer to a cure and to provide a better quality of life for those living with Dravet syndrome. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generous and loving support. You can learn more about the event, become a sponsor, donate or purchase tickets at www.dancefordravet.org.