two sweet sisters battling one ultra-rare disease

Emma and Abby

Emma is a 4 year old little girl who loves music and being around her peers. But she can't walk, or talk, and she has many seizures every day.


Abby is a 2 year old little girl who is feisty...screaming for attention one minute and giving the biggest cheesy grin the next. But she can't hold her head up, she hasn't said her first word, and her seizures make her stop breathing.

The Gillaspie sisters share a mutations on both copies of their THAP12 gene that causes seizures, severe developmental delays, and is robbing them of a healthy, care-free childhood...

And...they're the only two known people IN THE WORLD with this disease.

We are racing against time to find a treatment!



Learn more about our mission and the disease we are hoping to treat



Research and drug development are expensive. Help us advance research towards gene therapy


our story

Read our full story and get to know the sisters inspiring the research, and the family determined to find a cure



Mariah Gillaspie 

​​Tel: (210) 884-3950​

Lightning and Love Foundation is a registered nonprofit under Internal Revenue Service Section 501(c)(3)

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