The mission of The Jack Pribaz Foundation is to raise awareness and fund research of the KCNQ2 gene. Abnormal changes, or mutations, in this gene are associated with seizures and epilepsy. Different mutations in KCNQ2 are associated with a severe form of neonatal epilepsy named “KCNQ2 encephalopathy”. This is a rare condition associated with moderate to severe developmental problems. Ultimately, the goal of the foundation is to use the information gained through research of this specific gene to gain a better understanding of the underlying causes of epilepsy. It is the hope of the Jack Pribaz Foundation and of the neurological community that a better understanding of the KCNQ2 gene can unlock the mysteries of epilepsy.
Mike and Liz Pribaz, along with close friends Brian Baird and Eric Pierce, established this non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in December of 2011 in the hopes of finding a cure for the KCNQ2 mutation and improving the life of young Jack Pribaz and others effected by this rare condition. “Jack’s Army” has quickly grown as many other friends and family members have rallied behind Jack to join in this fight.