MEDIA RELEASE: Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2021

The Many Faces Of Moebius Syndrome, the Moebius Syndrome Foundation, the Moebius Syndrome Research Trust, the Children’s Craniofacial Association, and Face Equality International are proud to announce the 11th annual Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day which will be celebrated worldwide on Sunday the 24th of January 2021.

Moebius Syndrome is an extremely rare congenital neurological disorder which is characterized by facial paralysis and the inability to move the eyes from side to side. Most people with Moebius Syndrome are born with complete facial paralysis and can’t close their eyes or show facial expressions. Limb and chest wall abnormalities often occur with the syndrome. Respiratory problems, speech and swallowing disorders, visual impairments, sensory integration dysfunction, sleep disorders and weak upper body strength may also be present.

It is estimated that there are only between 10,000 to 25,000 cases of Moebius syndrome worldwide. In past year’s Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day has been a resounding success and saw participation from every continent on the planet – the main-focus is to create awareness. MSAD events have taken place around the globe in homes, schools, churches, workplaces, auditoriums, and outdoors. Dozens of news stories have hit the headlines, wound up on the airwaves, and blasted off into cyberspace via various print, TV, radio and social media news publications!

Family, and the importance thereof in the lives of individuals who have Moebius syndrome is the focus of this year’s Awareness Day. “It is a tribute to the many families around the world who are often the unsung heroes of our lives” says Tim Smith, President of the Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome, who himself has the condition.

“There is no substitute for a loving, supportive family whether that family is biological, or our worldwide Moebius Family. Knowing someone is there to support and fight for you when the going gets tough makes living with Moebius Syndrome a little easier” says Vicki McCarrell, former President of the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day is held annually on the 24th of January, the birthdate of Professor Paul Julius Moebius, the doctor who first diagnosed the disorder in 1888.

Please join the Global Moebius Syndrome community and take part in one of the many family, or virtual gatherings taking place on January 24, 2021. We encourage you to proudly wear purple and do some of your own research to educate yourself and others about Moebius Syndrome. We appreciate your support and look forward to the biggest Moebius Syndrome Awareness day ever!

Media inquiries can be directed to Andrea@mfoms.org