While the genetic research benefits the entire population, most of the afflicted children come from regional Amish and Mennonite communities. The most common diseases are Maple Syrup Urine Disease, Proprionic Acidemia and Phenylketonuria, but more than 30 known conditions exist to some extent in this area. The genetic advancements in both diagnosis and treatment plans made by Dr. Jim DeLine are constantly evolving.
The work they are doing with Sitosterolemia is the most current of any clinic offering this specialized service. Scientific study has made the La Farge Medical Clinic's Center for Special Children program an outstanding medical resource, but the significant personal relationships developed between the doctors and the Plain community cannot be underestimated when looking at what has been accomplished since the program opened in 2015.