Washington, DC, July 13, 2018 — The Legg Calve Perthes Foundation, dedicated to improving research, education, and awareness of Perthes, voted in a new Board member this month. Mr. Cameron Mathison is a well-known TV personality, host, and actor. Mathison has extensive personal experience with Perthes, living with Perthes as a child himself. “The Board is enthusiastic with the addition of Cameron to the Legg Calve Perthes Foundation mission. This alliance will serve as a conduit to new audiences and continued awareness of Perthes,” said Foundation founder Colleen Rathgeber.
Mr. Mathison will serve alongside esteemed surgeons who have dedicated their careers to the rare childhood disease; Dr. Harry Kim of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dr. Wudbhav Sankar of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr. Jennifer Laine of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
Mr. Cameron Mathison, a Canadian born actor, currently lives in Los Angeles CA with wife and two children. He spent several years of his career as an actor on ABC’s “All My Children.” Mathison currently works as a co-host on Entertainment Tonight and star of several Hallmark Network movies and Hallmark’s Home and Family series. Cameron is a loving father, proud husband, Emmy winning Host, Health and Fitness enthusiast, and deeply rooted to philanthropic endeavors. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as an honoree board member to a cause that is so meaningful and personal to me,” Cameron said.
Legg–Calvé–Perthes Disease (LCPD) is a childhood hip disorder initiated by a disruption of blood flow to the ball of the femur called the femoral head. Due to the lack of blood flow, the bone dies (osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis) and stops growing. LCPD usually occurs in children aged 4-10 years. Perthes disease is one of the most common hip disorders in young children, occurring in roughly 5.5 of 100,000 children per year. The lifetime risk of a child developing the disease is about one per 1,200 individuals. Boys are affected about three to five times more often than girls.
For additional information on how to help or donate to the Foundation, contact Colleen Rathgeber at 202-505-9360 via email at [email protected]
About Legg Calve Perthes Foundation
The Legg-Calve-Perthes Foundation is a national health and educational organization dedicated to helping adults living with Perthes, families with children diagnosed with Perthes, and providing support with associated difficulties that often come with the Perthes diagnosis. The Foundation’s mission is to create a centralized support community to improve the research, education, and awareness of those diagnosed with Perthes. The Foundation began in 2017, when a group of parents acknowledged that there was not a single resource dedicated to a disease that would consume most of their children’s childhood. The Board Members today are either impacted directly from a clinical or family perspective.
Further details about Legg Calve Perthes Foundation can be found at Perthes.org