About Us

Hello to our valued visitors and supporters! My name is Taylor, and I am the founder of A Butterfly for Change. The journey of this nonprofit began with a poignant realization: the challenges faced by families touched by Leukodystrophies extend beyond the medical condition itself. A significant obstacle is the limited number of professionals well-versed in treating and understanding this group of disorders.

The Genesis of "A Butterfly for Change"

A butterfly’s transformative journey from cocoon to full flight symbolizes the change we aspire to create. Just as a butterfly undergoes metamorphosis, I am embarking on a journey of transformation. I’ve recognized the need for dedicated professionals in the field of Leukodystrophies, and this inspired my decision to further my education. While we are in the early stages of our organization, my goal is to combine academic pursuits with our nonprofit’s mission, aspiring to bridge the gap in specialized care for Leukodystrophies.

Our Pledge

Though A Butterfly for Change is taking its initial flights, our dedication is unwavering. We are committed to building a foundation of support, providing both financial and emotional assistance to affected families, and championing the need for increased awareness and research into Leukodystrophies.

Become Part of Our Journey

Every great journey begins with a single step. As we lay the first stones of our path, we invite you to walk alongside us. Your support, understanding, and encouragement will be pivotal in shaping a future where families affected by Leukodystrophies feel understood, supported, and hopeful.

With heartfelt appreciation and vision for a brighter future,


What are Leukodystrophies?

Leukodystrophies, a group of rare genetic disorders, have left numerous families grappling with the weight of diagnosis, treatment, and the challenges that come along. These disorders primarily target the brain’s white matter, impacting the nerve fibers’ myelin sheath, which is crucial for effective nerve signal transmission.

The Many Faces of Leukodystrophies

While the term ‘Leukodystrophy’ serves as an umbrella for these conditions, it’s important to understand that there are multiple types, each stemming from different genetic causes and manifesting through varied clinical symptoms. Some families witness the onset of symptoms during their child’s infancy, while others may encounter them later in life.

Symptoms can range from muscle weakness, declining motor skills, and behavioral changes to more severe manifestations like cognitive function losses. The journey with Leukodystrophies is multifaceted, with every family having its unique challenges and stories of resilience.

The Gap in Specialized Care

One of the pressing challenges faced by families navigating the world of Leukodystrophies is the glaring lack of specialized care. Given the rarity of these disorders, there’s a significant gap in both understanding and professional expertise. Families often find themselves on exhaustive medical pilgrimages, seeking professionals familiar with their specific type of Leukodystrophy.

How "A Butterfly for Change" is Making a Difference

At “A Butterfly for Change”, we recognize the multifarious challenges that come with a Leukodystrophy diagnosis. Our mission is not just to provide financial assistance but also to build a community of support, understanding, and shared experiences.

The butterfly, symbolizing transformation and hope, encapsulates our vision. We aim to support families through their unique journeys, ensuring they’re equipped with resources, understanding, and a community that stands by them.

Joining Hands for a Brighter Tomorrow

The battle against Leukodystrophies isn’t one to be fought alone. It requires collective effort, understanding, and shared commitment. As research continues to unravel the mysteries of these conditions, and as families continue to brave their unique challenges, your support becomes the wind beneath their wings. Together, we can pave the way for a future where every child diagnosed with Leukodystrophies receives the care, love, and opportunities they deserve.