Also known as XP, is a rare inherited disease affecting both males and females. It causes a person to be extremely sensitive to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. Undiagnosed and untreated, Xeroderma Pigmentosum can lead to the early onset of skin cancer and blindness. In addition, approximately 20% of people with Xeroderma Pigmentosum also develop progressive neurological disease.

The Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) Family Support Group exists to improve the quality of life for people with XP and other diagnosed UV light conditions. The Xeroderma Pigmentosum Family support group strives to create awareness and educate the public about XP, as well as to raise funds to promote research, create collaborations with international XP partner organizations, and provide family grants for UV protective equipment and travel assistance for attending the annual XP national convention.

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The book Midnight Sun is told from the perspective of a girl named Katie who has Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP). But, the story is greatly exaggerated. Katie says that even if the sun touches her skin, she will die. So she stays locked inside, only going out at night. Here are some parts of the book that I, as person who has XP, found amusing and disturbing.

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