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LAAZF Partners with UTMC on Groundbreaking Research

Friday, March 20, 2015   (0 Comments)
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March 20, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Dama, 269-271-0761,


Lansing, MI – The Life as a Zebra Foundation (LAAZF) is pleased to partner with The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) to support Dr. Blair Grubb’s groundbreaking Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) research.

Dr. Grubb is a world-recognized expert in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia and POTS, a debilitating disease that causes dizziness, sudden fainting, and an inability to carry on the basic functions of daily life. In 2015 and for many years in a row, Dr. Grubb has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. POTS patients from around the country and the world seek out Dr. Grubb’s care at UTMC, where they are treated with his trademark kindness, thoroughness, and compassion.

Dr. Grubb is a leader in the discovery and use of new approaches for the treatment of POTS. Recently, Dr. Grubb and his colleagues at UTMC have embarked on a new research project that holds great promise for unlocking the underlying cause of POTS.

Dr. Grubb and associates from UTMC are coming to LAAZF’s 4th Annual Benefit Concert for Invisible Illness Awareness & Research on April 11, 2015 to briefly speak on his team’s innovative POTS research. UTMC is a banner sponsor for the event.

At the gala, LAAZF will present Dr. Grubb with funding for his continued research. Dr. Christopher J. Cooper, Dean of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences said, “We are so pleased that the Life as a Zebra Foundation has dedicated its 2015 benefit concert to support Blair Grubb’s innovative POTS research program. Dr. Grubb is an exemplary physician-scientist who is totally dedicated the bringing the highest level of care all of his patients.”

“Life as a Zebra Foundation is incredibly honored and excited to partner with UTMC to support Dr. Grubb’s ground breaking research on POTS for this year’s benefit concert,” said Katie Dama Jaskolski, Co-founder of LAAZF. “This research project has the potential to improve the lives of so many who suffer from the often debilitating and life-altering disease. It is a dream come true to have the chance to work with Dr. Grubb in order to make a difference in the lives of so many.”

About Life as a Zebra Foundation

The Life as a Zebra Foundation was founded by two sisters, Katie Dama Jaskolski and Allie Dama, who each lived with debilitating symptoms while searching for correct medical diagnoses. Dama Jaskolski has been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Dama was diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa vasculitis.

The Life as a Zebra Foundation educates, advocates, and secures funds and charitable contributions for the prevention, treatment, and research of various hard to diagnose invisible illnesses. For more information, please contact Katie Dama Jaskolski at 517-256-1088 or and visit

About The University of Toledo Medical Center

The Mission of the University of Toledo and the University of Toledo Medical Center is to improve the human condition.


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