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Advancing public health and medical research
Founded in 1957 as The Medical Foundation, Health Resources in Action is a public health and medical research funding organization committed to helping people live healthier lives and creating healthy communities through prevention, health promotion and research. For nearly half a century The Medical Foundation has worked with academic medical research institutions, health organizations, community coalitions and neighborhood groups, state and local governments, the faith community, and youth serving organizations to create grant programs to support medical research as well as identify and address important health issues in innovative ways.
You are not alone
Samaritans' purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening. Samaritans' goal is to reduce the risk of suicide and increase awareness about suicide prevention throughout Greater Boston and MetroWest. We accomplish this through five suicide prevention programs.
Enhancing Care. Enriching Lives
Founded in 1982, the mission of the Genesis Foundation for Children (TGFC) is to raise money to fund innovative clinical, educational and therapeutic programs for children with complex genetic disorders. Our work ensures that these children and their families receive the care and support they need. The Genesis Foundation for Children primarily supports The Feingold Center for Children at Boston Children's Hospital (FCC), The Pregnancy Exposure InfoLine (PEIL) and Therapy & the Performing Arts (TPA). TGFC also provides support to others that share our desire to provide coordinated care to children with special needs.
Empowering young people to make positive decisions in their lives
Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981, SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions' mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions. SADD recognizes that the pressures on young people to drink, use illicit drugs and engage in other unhealthy behaviors are strong. SADD seeks not to punish or alienate those students who make unfortunate choices but rather aims to inform, educate, support and empower young people to make positive decisions in their lives.
Committed to finding a cure for brain tumors
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels.We have a rigorous and thoughtful agenda, integrating research and public policy to bridge critical gaps. Starting with discovery science, to clinical trial design and the development of new therapies, there are many opportunities to make improvements and speed the momentum of new findings.It's time to build on progress and transform tomorrow, today.
Special Needs Horseback Riding Program
In a fun, supportive environment, Lovelane provides high-quality therapeutic horseback riding to achieve occupational, physical, speech, cognitive and other therapeutic gains, focusing on children with special needs. Lovelane is about abilities: the ability of a student to improve his or her quality of life; the ability of a student to increase self-esteem and confidence; the ability to participate in an outdoor activity that is fun. Each of our students enjoys a program that combines the best aspects of a world-class sport with important occupational, physical and speech therapy goals. Lovelane currently has 13 licensed riding instructors and provides more than 4,400 individual therapeutic riding sessions a year to children and young adults from 41 MetroWest and greater Boston communities. In September 2004, we moved into our first fully owned and operated facility -- our first permanent home and our first facility with an indoor riding arena!
What does your heart beat for…
Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Mended Hearts is the largest cardiovascular support organization in the world. Our mission is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support”. Our local community chapters help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, and treatment.
Teaching, learning, growing
The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. We are a premier therapeutic riding center and international instructor training site, accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. We have served people with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities for more than a quarter of a century. We offer year round programs in equine assisted activities, including therapeutic riding, carriage driving and equine learning program. We also offer experiential learning through outreach programs, an integrated summer camp program and a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Reaching out, providing help, giving hope
Founded in 1981, The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation is a family support organization which exists to ensure early and accurate diagnosis of CdLS, promote research into the causes and manifestations of the syndrome, and help people with a diagnosis of CdLS, and others with similar characteristics, make informed decisions throughout their lifetime. The Foundation provides a host of services that attract, educate, and unite families touched by this rare birth disorder which causes individuals to develop at a slower rate, both physically and mentally. CdLS is a congenital syndrome, and individuals affected have common characteristics such as: low birth weight, slow growth and small stature, small head size, and limb differences.
Financially assisting cancer patients and their families
Founded in 1987, Connecticut Cancer Foundation (formerly Connecticut Sports Foundation) financially assists Connecticut cancer patients and their families as well as fund cancer research. CCF is able to quickly and compassionately provide patients and families with direct financial assistance for rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medication and more. Resources are provided with dignity and privacy, helping patients maintain self-respect while lessening the stress that may inhibit their recovery.
Saving Lives for More than 59 Years!
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism's (LICADD's) mission is to address the addictive climate of our times by providing initial attention and referral services to individuals, families, and children, through intervention, education and professional guidance to overcome the ravages of alcohol and other drug-related problems. This pioneer not-for-profit agency on Long Island has been on a mission to save lives for over 59 years. Our staff is dedicated to helping individuals, families and members of the workplace prevent or recover from alcoholism and/or other drug addictions.
Supporting research efforts towards finding the causes and cures for Leukemia
The Children's Leukemia Research Association, Inc. (CLRA), also known as the National Leukemia Research Association, was founded in 1965 to support research efforts towards finding the causes and cure for Leukemia. Forty years ago a child diagnosed with leukemia lived at best 6 months. Research has brought advancements in chemotherapy, drugs and transplants. Today children are living 5 years, 10 years and in some cases are in permanent remission. Progress has been made but we are not there yet. We strive for the day we celebrate a cure has been discovered. Until then we will support families to help understand this awful disease and through our Patient Aid Program.
The proven cure for the drug epidemic
After 50 years of ministry in greater New York City area, the mission of Teen Challenge Brooklyn remains the same. We are committed to helping people who have been deeply damaged by drugs and other life-controlling problems. Our mission is to evangelize people with life-controlling problems and initiate the discipleship process to the point they can function as a Christian in society, applying spiritually motivated principles to relationships in family, job, and community. We want to help youth, adults and families become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
Because the cost of doing nothing is too great
The Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America (debra of America), is the only national non-profit that provides all inclusive care to those with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). Our mission is to fund research and provide free services and programs for those with EB - The Worst Disease You've Never Heard Of. EB is a rare, connective tissue disorder with many genetic and symptomatic variations that affects 1 out of every 20,000 live births in the United States. All of its forms share the prevalent symptom of extremely fragile skin that blisters and tears with any friction or trauma. The list of secondary complications and illnesses can be long as every internal organ and bodily system can be affected by the disorder.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Suffolk County Chapter is one of 65 Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters in the United States and 30 international affiliates on five continents. Since its inception in 1983, the Suffolk Chapter has granted over 1,800 wishes to local children. In the past year alone, we granted over 125 wishes. Any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition is eligible for a wish.
Support for families. Research for a cure.
The National MPS Society exists to find cures for MPS (Mucopolysaccharidoses) and related diseases. We provide hope and support for affected individuals and their families through research, advocacy and awareness of these devastating diseases. Since 1974 the Society has supported individuals and families affected with MPS and related diseases. MPS and related diseases are genetic lysosomal storage diseases caused by the body's inability to produce specific enzymes. While the symptoms of MPS and related diseases may vary from one syndrome to another, there are many similarities. Affected individuals often have mental retardation, cloudy corneas, short stature, stiff joints, incontinence, speech and hearing impairment, chronic runny nose, hernia, heart disease, hyperactivity, depression, pain and a dramatically shortened life span.
The house that love built
The mission of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. A home away from home, the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden. Located on the campus of the Cohen Children's Medical Center (Formerly Schneider Children's Hospital), the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Since opening in 1986, approximately 15,000 families from the United States and more than 80 countries around the world have been served. Many of the families are from Queens, Suffolk and Nassau Counties, as well as the surrounding Metropolitan area.
Dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4)
Founded in 1909, Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Through nearly a century of advocacy at the national, state and local levels, Mental Health America has sought to protect the rights of individuals with mental illnesses; to undo decades of neglect and substandard care; to seek access to equitable, accessible and culturally competent services; and to seek new funding and reinvestment in both infrastructure and services in the community. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation everyday and in times of crisis.
For life without limits
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies. AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support through a network of regional chapters, educations support groups and other local partners. AAFA develops health education, organizes state and national advocacy efforts and funds research to find better treatments and cures. The AAFA has a national network of nine regional chapters that provide a variety of services, educational programs, and support.
At the nexus of policy and implementation
SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice and sexual rights. SIECUS educates, advocates, and informs.
Everything for people concerned about smoking and nonsmokers' rights
Founded in 1968 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a national legal-action antismoking and nonsmokers' rights organization which helped ban cigarette commercials, started the modern nonsmokers' rights movement, pioneered using legal action against smoking, developed novel legal theories to protect children from tobacco smoke at home and in cars, get lower health insurance rates for nonsmokers, fought tobacco subsidies, and much more.
Dedicated to bioethics and the public interest
The Hastings Center's mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies. To achieve this mission, the Center has established four goals: To pursue interdisciplinary research and education that includes both theory and practice. To engage a broad audience of thoughtful people in the work of the Center. To collaborate with policy makers, in the private as well as the public sphere, to identify and analyze the ethical dimensions of their work. To strengthen the international dimensions of the Center's work. Much of the Center's research addresses bioethics issues in three broad areas: care and decision making at the end of life, public health priorities, and new and emerging technologies.
Freedom from alcohol and drug dependency
Freedom Institute was founded in 1976 as a resource center for individuals and families affected by alcohol and drug dependency. The Institute is committed to providing confidential, personalized, sensitive and effective professional service through programs of intervention, recovery care for adults and adolescents, and prevention education curricula and consultation to New York City schools. Our goal is to help people realize that there is hope for recovery with acceptance, trust and commitment, and to assist them through the process.
Promoting prevention, early detection, and effective treatment
Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, and the need for early detection and prompt, effective treatment. It is the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world's most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. More than a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. The Foundation's mission is to decrease the incidence of the disease by means of public and professional education, medical training, and research.
The national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The NDSS envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities. Founded in 1979, our activities include shaping and advocating for improved public policy, increased public resources and services for people with Down syndrome; working in partnership with our affiliates and other support organizations; improving educational opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome; advancing basic, clinical and applied research; and implementing a national public awareness strategy.
The nation's largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.
Alone we are rare. Together we are strong.®
NORD, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. NORD, along with its more than 230 patient organization members, is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.
Conquering IC. Changing Lives.
The mission of the Interstitial Cystitis Association is giving hope to all those living with interstitial cystitis (IC), as well as the healthcare providers and researchers who strive to improve the lives of IC patients. IC is a condition consisting of pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort related to the bladder, typically associated with urinary urgency or urinary frequency. IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS). The ICA provides advocacy, research funding, and education to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity for people affected by IC.
Share the power of a wish
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since receiving its charter in 1986, The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Hudson Valley has granted the wishes of more than 1,800 children in the Hudson Valley region with life-threatening medical conditions. Serving the eight counties of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester, the Chapter's mission is to ensure that every child residing in the Hudson Valley who qualifies for Make-A-Wish services is granted his or her fondest wish. While wishes are referred and completed on an ongoing basis, an average of 120 wishes are in progress at any given time.
Help for today. Hope for tomorrow.
The Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) is a national, voluntary health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Huntington's Disease and their families. Founded in 1967, HDSA promotes and supports research and medical efforts to eradicate Huntington's Disease; assists people and families affected by Huntington's Disease to cope with the problems presented by the disease; and educates the public and health professionals about Huntington's Disease. Huntington's Disease (HD) is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present, no effective treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and reason.
Turning pain, despair and suffering of immunodeficient children and adults into comfort and hope
The Jeffrey Modell Foundation was established by Vicki and Fred Modell in memory of their son Jeffrey, who died at the age of 15 of pneumonia due to an underlying Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) disease. The Foundation is dedicated to early and precise diagnosis, meaningful treatments, and ultimately cures of the ever increasing known PI Diseases. Our focus is: to affirm our absolute commitment to clinical and basic research in order to better understand and treat PI; to serve as a national and international source for the dissemination of information and education into the diagnosis and treatment of genetic immunodeficiencies; to serve as an advocate on behalf of patients and families to assure their access to excellent and comprehensive care; and to promote public awareness of the PI diseases through programs.
Public support for research and education.
A unique collaboration of patients, families, advocates, physicians and scientists, American Skin Association has evolved over the past two decades as a leading force in efforts to defeat melanoma, skin cancer and disease. Established to serve the now more than 100 million Americans - one third of the U.S. population - afflicted with skin disorders, the organization's mission remains to advance research, champion skin health - particularly among children, and drive public awareness about skin disease. Under the visionary leadership of Founder & President George W. Hambrick, Jr., MD, our achievements include: Supported the work of over 138 exceptional young scientists, committed $7.7 million to advance dermatological research and provided free instruction in sun safety and skin health to 12 million children, teachers & parents.
Supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders , and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. We campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
What we do together makes a difference
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors' Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.
Health care and advocacy for America's most vulnerable children
Founded in 1987, the Children's Health Fund (CHF) is committed to providing comprehensive health care to the nation's most medically underserved children and their families through the development and support of innovative primary care medical programs and the promotion of guaranteed access to appropriate health care for all children. CHF is dedicated to meeting the complex and challenging health needs of underserved children. Children's Health Fund realizes this mission through the energy and talent of our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, and other clinical and support staff and our partnerships with esteemed academic medical centers.
For all bleeding and clotting disorders
The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders and preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research. Established in 1948, the National Hemophilia Foundation has chapters throughout the country. NHF awards grants to fund innovative research aimed at finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders. This research has led to vital insights into improved factor replacement therapies, more accurate hemophilia diagnostic methods, and a greater understanding of the genetic basis of hemophilia. Our broad range of programs and services include the National Prevention Program, and Project Red Flag.
New York Service for the Handicapped
Founded in 1906, Camp Oakhurst works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities through recreational, educational, social, and residential activities. Camp Oakhurst is open all year, serving children and adults with physical and developmental challenges through its summer camp, year-round respite, day recreation and autism respite programs. Camp Oakhurst offers our clients a fun-filled summer program and year-round residential services in a place where it's easy to participate in activities, make friends, feel accepted, and gain independence.
Changing faces, transforming lives
Established in 1951, myFace, formerly known as the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, addresses the plight of children with a facial disfigurement by supporting state of the art treatment, innovative research, psychosocial support and medical training that inspires a new generation of pediatric doctors. To meet this mission, myFace founded and proudly remains the funding arm of the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (IRPS) at NYU Medical Center. The Institute is a center of excellence that diagnoses and provides medical treatment and psychosocial services for over 1,700 patients every year, regardless of the severity of their condition, the length of treatment or the family's ability to afford care - 72% of the patients seen at the Institute are uninsured, Medicaid recipients or clinic care patients.
Supporting brilliant breakthroughs
Established in 1994, Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) raises funds for the Israel Cancer Association. It has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of cancer patients and their families in Israel by providing major funding to distinguished Israeli cancer researchers such as ICA. ICA is the leading and largest health-related charitable organization in Israel, and is in the forefront of the fight against cancer. It supports a vast array of important cancer research projects and services at 38 hospitals and universities throughout Israel without government funding.
every victory counts
The Davis Phinney Foundation's provides essential information, practical tools, and inspiration to people living with Parkinson's and funds research closely aligned with our mission. While it's critical to find a cure for Parkinson's, we feel strongly that people living with this disease need information and tools to live well today. The Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medal-winner and cycling great Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000 at the age of 40. We are committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information, and tools that will enable people with Parkinson's to take more control in managing their disease.
Living with cancer is not a choice. How you live with it is.
Our Mission:To ensure that all people impacted by cancer areEmpowered by knowledge,Strengthened by action, andSustained by community.At Gilda's Club Louisville you will find strength and comfort from members sharing their experiences and wisdom. We are men, women, children, a small-but-mighty team, a passionate board and dedicated volunteers. Together we create a program of support unlike any other.
Making life easier
The Hemophilia Association of New Jersey (HANJ) was founded in August 1971 by 10 concerned families, and offers assistance to persons with hemophilia and their families from our office located in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with a bleeding disorder by providing and maintaining access to highly qualified medical treaters and successfully proven medical regimens. The services and programs HANJ offers its members are the life's blood of our organization. HANJ has a long history of innovative programs and legislative accomplishments. Services include our Insurance Grant; Hemophilia Homecare Standards; Campership and Scholarship programs; and the Women's Committee.
Supporting comprehensive health care services for children with cancer and blood disorders
The Valerie Fund was established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue. The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Today there are seven Valerie Fund Children's Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders located in major hospitals in the tri-state area, providing caring and comprehensive health care to more than 5,000 children and their families each year. We bring state-of-the-art treatment centers close to the home, provide counseling and child development activities, make a summer camp experience that creates a one week miracle for children with cancer, and do thousands of other things large and small that collectively make a difference.
Camp Good Days provides residential camping programs at our beautiful Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake in Branchport, New York, as well as year-round recreational and support activities, in the Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca & Syracuse, New York areas for children with cancer and the entire family. Camp Good Days provides services for: children with cancer, children who have a parent or sibling with cancer and/or children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. We also offer programs for women and men who have or have had cancer. In addition, Camp Good Days provides programs for children touched by sickle cell anemia. All of the programs and services are offered free of charge for the participants. Camp Good Days is a celebration of life, with those who appreciate it the most...a place where courage knows no boundaries!
Improving the quality of life for those affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth
Founded in 1983, the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association's (CMTA) goals are patient support, public education, promotion of research and ultimately the treatment and cure of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT). CMT is the most commonly inherited neurological disorder and is found world-wide in all races and ethnic groups. CMT patients slowly lose normal use of their feet/legs and hands/arms as nerves to the extremities degenerate and the muscles in the extremities become weakened because of the loss of stimulation by the affected nerves. Our mission is to generate the resources to find a cure, to create awareness, and to improve the quality of life for those affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
Share the Power of a Wish
Founded in the year 1985, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. In our chapter, we currently have approximately 300 volunteers and welcome other interested individuals. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York has granted nearly 1,400 wishes. Nationally, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 227,000 wishes.
The premier resource for Down Syndrome information, advocacy and networking in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC)'s mission is to ensure individuals with Down syndrome in Massachusetts are valued, included, and given the opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives by providing information, networking opportunities, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large. We want to be recognized by people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large as the preeminent organization in Massachusetts for information, networking, and advocacy for and about Down syndrome.
Providing donated medical care to children in need
Healing the Children® New Jersey provides donated medical care to children in need within New Jersey and throughout the world. We envision a world where every child has access to medical care. Founded in 1981, we have cared for more than 33,000 children locally and globally.
Inspiring children. Empowering families.
The mission of The Barton Center for Diabetes Education is to improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation, and support programs which inspire and empower. One of the largest, independent camping and educational programs in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes and the people who care for them, The Barton Center is a year-round camp, retreat, and conference center where learning and shared experiences combine to support and motivate children and families. More than 2,000 children and their families participate in our programs annually, including the Clara Barton Resident Camp for girls, Camp Joslin for boys, coed Adventure/Wilderness Leadership Programs, Family Programs, and coed Day Camps in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Preventing new HIV infections and optimizing the health of those already infected
Founded in 1983, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is a community-based health organization whose mission is to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected. AIDS Action accomplishes that mission by providing support services for people living with AIDS and HIV; educating the public and health professionals about how to prevent HIV transmission; and advocating for fair and effective AIDS policy at the city, state and federal levels. AIDS Action provides free, confidential services to 2,500 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
A Rare Community
The Histiocytosis Association is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the unique needs of patients and families dealing with the effects of histiocytic disorders while leading the search for a cure. It is the only organization of its kind, connecting the patient and medical communities to: 1) Grow and share knowledge of histiocytic disorders, 2) Provide critical emotional and educational support to patients and families, and 3) Identify and fund key research initiatives that will lead to a world free of histiocytic disorders.
Keeping healthcare human
The mission of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is to optimize healthcare outcomes by promoting patient care that is as humane as it is technologically sophisticated. We works with physicians in training and in practice, as well as other members of the healthcare team, to infuse a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and practitioners. Humanistic medical care is not simply compassion. It is the best of medicine. When skilled physicians build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, research reveals more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes. The staggering ascendance of science and technology, along with current healthcare economics, makes our efforts to keep the care in healthcare even more critical today than when the Foundation began in 1988. The Gold Foundation creates and supports national programs and grant making activities for which schools, teaching hospitals and other appropriate institutions may apply. The Foundation also provides funding for innovative projects proposed by students, residents and faculty.
Advancing human health and well-being through research
Founded in 1927, the mission of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research is to advance human health and well-being through research to improve the detection and treatment of disease; the rapid transfer of new technology to the clinic; and the training of the next generation of scientists and physicians. Our rich history, staff of over 120, and hard working board of trustees allows us to continue our commitment to advancing an understanding of the causes of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Located on the campus of Lankenau Hospital, our scientists perform basic research studies to understand the fundamental problems associated with disease; preclinical and translational research where results are developed into new diagnostics or medications; and clinical research where advances in medicine can be brought to the patient bedside.
Serving children and their families by providing compassionate and accessible support through programs and healthcare partnerships.
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania is to serve children and their families by providing compassionate and accessible support through programs and healthcare partnerships. The Ronald McDonald House keeps children and families together by providing temporary housing, at no charge, to out-of-town families of seriously ill children who are being treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
Educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices
Founded in 1989, The Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center was created to educate and inspire people of all ages to make healthy choices. The Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center continues to grow to be a leading resource of innovative, high-quality, effective health education. This growth has driven the emergence of four educational platforms: Teaching Theaters, Outreach, Adult Education and eLearning. To date, over 7 million children and adults have discovered the wonders of life through our dynamic health education programs. They are inspired to take charge of their health.
Supporting the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc. (RMHC) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) that supports the Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware Ronald McDonald Houses; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated by St. Christopher's Foundation for Children; 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in area hospitals; four scholarship programs for high school seniors; and grants hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to support local non-profit programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
To cure headache, and to end its pain and suffering.
Over the past 42 years, our mission at the National Headache Foundation has been to further awareness of headache and migraine as legitimate neurobiological diseases. Much has changed during this time, and with aid from advanced technology and clinical innovation, there are more treatment options than ever before. However, we understand that these diseases are still largely misunderstood and that finding the right treatment options for you requires nuanced and adaptable insight. We have collected the most comprehensive information on headache and migraine, which we make freely available to you. Every day, our physician finder connects patients, who have just begun to seek treatment or those who are looking for more options, to neurologists and headache specialists.
For health. For people. For good.
The mission of The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland (The Free Clinic) is to provide quality health care and related services free of charge to those who lack appropriate alternatives, and advocate for policy changes that make health care available to all. The Free Clinic is one of the oldest free clinic in the United States and the largest in Ohio. Established as a hotline in 1970 by a group of people concerned about the health and welfare of young adults, it quickly shifted to a clinic serving the health needs of the community. The facility, located in University Circle, is equipped with 18 exam rooms, five dental chairs, three group therapy rooms, a modern laboratory, and an expanded pharmacy.
Our mission is to help people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives.
American Kidney Fund (AKF) was founded in 1971, to help a single individual with kidney failure pay for dialysis. More than 45 years later, AKF has become the leading source of direct financial aid to dialysis patients across the nation. The American Kidney Fund leads the nation in providing charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. In 2015, more than 93,000 people--1 out of every 5 dialysis patients in the United States--received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. Millions of people nationwide benefit annually from the American Kidney Fund's efforts to fight kidney disease through public awareness campaigns, free health screenings, health education materials and courses, online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900).
Working together to find a cure
In 1972 in order to fund dedicated and ongoing research on diabetes and related vascular diseases through private sources, St. Louis physician researchers, Drs. Charles Kilo and Joseph R. Williamson founded the Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Research Foundation. The overall research objective is to understand how diabetes affects the body and to develop medications and interventions to prevent vascular damage and diabetes-induced complications of blindness, heart attacks, strokes, nerve damage and kidney failure. This research has important implications for non-diabetics as well since we have discovered great similarities between the vascular damage caused by diabetes and damage to arteries and blood vessels that leads to heart attacks and strokes in non-diabetics.
Education, prevention, research
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. NFID carries out its mission by educating the public and healthcare professionals, supporting research and training in infectious diseases, building coalitions, and honoring scientific and public health achievements in infectious diseases.
Food- Shelter- Health Care
St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Inc. is a multi-service, independent not-for-profit human services agency. Founded in 1970, St. Petersburg Free Clinic began as a single walk-in medical facility that provided basic health care services to those without health insurance and those without the means to provide adequate health care for themselves and their families - primarily those who fall through the cracks of existing systems and services. In subsequent years, as additional needs of the community have been identified, we have expanded our services, becoming a multi-service, multi-site agency to address the need for food, shelter and health care through our eight essential programs: Health Center, Dental Clinic, Food Bank, We Help Services, Community Kitchen, Beacon House (homeless men's shelter), Women's Residence (homeless women's shelter) and Family Residence (homeless shelter).
Saving Lives Everyday!
Founded in 1965, the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) is the state's premier nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, patient services and advocacy. Our mission is simple- we save lives every day! The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) is the state's premier nonprofit health organization working to prevent diabetes and associated complications as well as work to improve the lives of every child, adult, and every family touched by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We accomplish this through education, support, advocacy, medical assistance and research.
Providing and pursuing answers.
The mission of the American Brain Tumor Association is to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis. We do this through interactions and engagements with brain tumor patients and their families, collaborations with allied groups and organizations, and the funding of brain tumor research.
Cure in Mind. Cure in Sight.
BrightFocus drives innovative research worldwide and promotes awareness of Alzheimer's, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus' goal is to eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. We are working to save mind and sight.BrightFocus is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. We also provide free educational materials to people affected by or interested in these diseases, empowering them to take action for themselves and others. A nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, we were founded in 1973 and known until 2013 as the American Health Assistance Foundation. We chose our new name-BrightFocus Foundation-to reflect our vision of a world where everyone experiences life fully and with clarity. Please visit our website, www.brightfocus.org, for more information.
The first house that love built
The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. We operate two Houses in Philadelphia serving a total of 59 families each night. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House also runs the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos for oncology patients and their siblings. In addition we offer two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in the Oncology and Cardiac Centers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to provide a respite space away from the bedside. Founded in 1974 as the very first Ronald McDonald House in the world, we are the model for the over 285 Houses throughout the globe.
Providing free medical, dental, and pharmacy care.
The mission of Bradley Free Clinic of Roanoke Valley is to provide free medical, dental, and pharmacy care to the Roanoke Valley's Working uninsured, the temporarily unemployed, and their families using volunteer health care professionals. Through the tireless efforts of the Board, staff, and volunteers, the Bradley Free Clinic receives accreditation through the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Bradley Free Clinic reached 35 years of delivering free health care for the Roanoke Valley's working uninsured.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience of hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia was founded in May 1983 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are the first chapter in the world to fulfill more than 700 wishes in one year. We have served more than 17,500 children in 57 Pennsylvania and the entire state of West Virginia counties in our 34-year history.
Serving families in need for over three decades
For three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been serving families with seriously ill children by providing a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald's Owner/Operators, the Charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.
Awarding NARSAD Grants
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. 100% of all donor contributions for research are invested in our grants to scientists leading to discoveries in understanding causes and improving treatments of disorders in children and adults, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders. Since 1987 the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded more than $365 million in over 5000 NARSAD grants to more than 4,000 scientists around the world.
Helping central Ohioans learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA) helps Central Ohioans with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. CODA's primary purpose is to decrease diabetes-related death and disability in central Ohio. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association provides services to all persons regardless of their ability to pay. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association also offers Camp Hamwi, a summer camp experience for youth with diabetes. In addition to enjoying traditional camp challenges, campers at Hamwi participate in activities designed to improve their knowledge of their own diabetes. Camp Hamwi encourages independence in diabetes management while providing medical staff to help with education and assistance where needed.
Share the Power of a Wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Children who have been determined to have a life threatening medical condition qualify for our wish program. Since its founding in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego has granted the wishes of over 2,800 children.
No one should face cancer alone
Cancer Support Community's mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. From its beginnings in 1982 to today, the Cancer Support Community, now headquartered in Washington, D.C., has expanded to over 50 chapters, 100 satellite locations (i.e. in-hospital services) and online support that reach 750,000 people worldwide. All services are free of charge.
Managing diabetes. Together.
The Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland is taking the difficult step of dissolving our organization in its present form to rethink how best to deliver services and support in the current healthcare environment. Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, founded in 1954, is a local and independent nonprofit organization providing life-long programs and services to more than 8,000 children and adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes in Greater Cleveland each year. Diabetes Partnership's mission is to provide relevant and sustainable programming, resources, education and supplies to the community in Northeast Ohio affected by diabetes. Diabetes Partnership offers the following services: community education programs, empowerment groups, school and health fair presentations, diabetes risk assessments, a patient assistance program for diabetes supplies, and Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes.
Little victories. Big impact.
Fieldstone Farm is recognized as one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in North America. Founded in 1978 with the goal of helping improve the lives of those with special needs, the organization is breaking new ground in the field of equine therapy and changing many lives in the community. Each year, as a result of the dedication of more than 600 volunteers and 35 horses, Fieldstone helps nearly 800 students achieve what they often thought was impossible. Students range from age two to seniors and have a wide range of disabilities from cognitive impairments such as Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder to physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and spinal cord injuries as well as mental health issues and sensory impairments. All are learning riding skills while they improve their balance, strengthen muscles, work on educational goals, advance communication skills, increase their self-esteem and gain confidence.
A faith-based charitable clinic
North Coast Health is a faith-based charitable clinic that provides and optimizes access to health care for the medically underserved. A vital part of Greater Cleveland's health care safety net for the past 30 years, North Coast Health provides primary care, prescription assistance, specialty referrals and health education to individuals and families in need. With the support of volunteer physicians, nurses and other caregivers, North Coast Health is a patient-centered medical home that provides preventive care and chronic disease management as well as care for acute illnesses and injuries.
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana works to provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other Indianapolis hospitals and we champion programs that improve the health, education and well-being of children.
The Trusted Leader Supporting Families
Founded in 1986, the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) helps children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving transplant by providing fundraising assistance and family support. COTA is the premier national organization helping alleviate the financial burden of families who have transplant-needy children and young adults. For 30 years, COTA has worked to ensure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds, and is recognized as the trusted leader supporting transplant families. COTA has helped thousands of children and young adults, and has raised more than $90 million for their benefit.
a community health center
Established in 1911, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago (IWS) continues to provide quality, community-based health care to uninsured and underserved children and women who would otherwise lack access to basic medical services. As a maternal and child community health center, IWS provides a comprehensive program of medical, dental, educational and mental health services for underserved children up to age 19 and prenatal, gynecological care, general health services and parenting information to underserved mothers. IWS remains committed to its mission to provide services for the healthy physical and mental development of disadvantaged children to give them a foundation for a future productive and wholesome life.
Dedicated to community lung health since 1906
The mission of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC) is to promote healthy lungs and fight lung disease through research, advocacy and education. To that end and through community-based interventions, RHAMC serves an estimated one million Cook County residents living with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and other lung diseases. Respiratory Health Association was founded more than a century ago in 1906. Today, RHAMC has branched out to address all lung diseases and offer services throughout metropolitan Chicago and across the state. Through the years, the organization has championed various initiatives and carried several different names, but has always maintained its commitment to community lung health.
Bringing healthy mouths to life
Oral Health America was founded in 1955 as the American Fund for Dental Health by members of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, the American Dental Trade Association, and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company to raise funds for the improvement of dental education. In 1994, Oral Health America broke away from its founding institutions to follow a path of broad-based public advocacy through targeted programs and communications efforts to improve oral health for all Americans. We develop, implement and facilitate educational and service programs designed to raise awareness of oral health's importance to total health.
Your liver. Your life.
Founded in 1976, the American Liver Foundation (ALF) makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families, and by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. Since inception the Research Awards Program has provided more than $22 million for research. We implement a wide range of educational and preventative efforts. In addition, ALF takes a leadership role in advocating on behalf of the millions of Americans living with liver disease and their families.
Leader, innovator, partner
The mission of Howard Brown Health Center is to promote the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons through the provision of health care and wellness programs, including clinical, educational, social service and research activities. Howard Brown designed these programs to serve gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in a confidential, supportive, and nurturing environment. Howard Brown Health Center is committed to working cooperatively with other community-based organizations serving and contributing to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Founded in 1974, Howard Brown now administers a range of medical and behavioral health services, with sliding scale rates, to ensure that everyone in these underserved populations receives essential healthcare needs, in addition to ongoing research.
Hope and help for people with ALS
Established in 1977, the Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation is one of the nation's largest independent Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) organizations and has raised more than $60 million to fight ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig's disease. The Les Turner ALS Foundation's mission supports: medical research into the cause, treatment and cure of ALS; clinical and support services for patients and families living with ALS; and dissemination of information about the disease. The Foundation serves more than 600 patients annually and its membership is comprised of people living with ALS (PALS), their friends and families, healthcare professionals, researchers and corporate leaders.
Faith based solution for the drug epidemic
Here in Teen Challenge Illinois it is the development of relationships through a 50 year proven treatment method that has transformed hearts and lives throughout the generations. We aren't promising record deals or book signings, those things may come. What sets Teen Challenge Illinois apart from other treatment programs and facilities is that our lives model the results you will hear about. Teen Challenge Illinois is here to guide you and your loved ones through this process with the most grace and understanding that can be afforded.
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Illinois grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since 1985, we have granted more than 13,000 wishes in Illinois. Any child in Illinois between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 (at the time of referral) with a physician-certified life-threatening illness or medical condition is eligible for a wish. Make-A-Wish Illinois is one of the largest Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States, granting approximately 700 wishes a year.
Bringing together physicians and communities to improve the nation's health
Founded in 1950, the AMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association. Our mission is to bring together physicians and communities to improve the nation's health.We are proud to provide a portfolio of charitable programs with two primary areas of focus: Community Health and Medical Education & Leadership. Our named and honor funds, established by individual donors, state and medical societies, and specialty groups, continue their legacy of having a local impact on a national level throughout our programs.
Addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and religious
Since 1956 Guest House has worked to provide the information, education, treatment and care needed to ensure that clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism and other chemically-based or process addictions have the best opportunity for quality recovery. Since its beginning, Guest House has cared for more than 8,000 priests and religious. They have come from more than 165 dioceses, 120 religious communities and 48 countries worldwide. The vast majority have returned to their ministries renewed in health, purpose and spirituality. Today, 2,000 Guest House graduates minister worldwide. A second mission of Guest House is the provision of education to Church leadership, seminarians and other interested publics regarding addiction diseases, recovery and sobriety and the spiritual aspects of these.
Serving Adults and Children
Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF) provides and promotes compassionate, personalized support to adults and children in Michigan affected by leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood disorders. One of CLF's primary goals is to empower patients and caregivers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions to better cope with leukemia and related disorders. With the tools we provide, patients and families can tap into the information they need, as well as pose questions and share their experiences with others who are battling these diseases.
Providing a home away from home for families with ill children
Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. We fulfill our mission by providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children, managing programs that help deliver health services to children in under-served communities, and by providing grants to nonprofit organizations for programs that enable seriously ill children to live happier, healthier lives.
Letting kids with cancer be kids again
Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.In the USA, there are presently 15 camps established in 11 states. More than 900 children participate in our camps each summer, and many more participate in Camp Quality activities throughout the year. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Countless numbers of families struggle with the physical, emotional and financial challenges of this disease. To make matters worse, the cause of childhood cancer is largely unknown, making successful treatment a challenge, current research necessary and an established support system imperative.
Changing the future . . .one life at a time
Established in 1985, our services include teaching responsibility in sexual relationships; providing up-to-date information about pregnancy, abortion procedures, adoption, and sexually transmitted diseases and symptoms; intervention for crisis pregnancy; a 24-hour helpline; assistance for parents with babies and toddlers; and abortion recovery assistance.
Children's Therapy and Wellness Center
Bay Cliff is a year-round therapy and wellness center for children and adults with physical disabilities. Bay Cliff's priority program is a seven-week, summer therapy camp session serving children with orthopedic, speech, hearing, and vision disabilities. The children work towards goals of increased independence and living a fuller life. Bay Cliff also sponsors a week-long recreational camp for adults with physical disabilities, an adaptive paddling workshop, a health and wellness retreat for polio survivors, winter recreation for the children and adults that attend our summer programs, family programs for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and obesity, and a professional development workshop for pediatric therapists.
Sharing The Gospel With Addicts Since 1926!
Metro Hope Recoery Ministries is a Residential faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program serving men, women, and mothers with children, prroviding healing and hope for the whole family since 1926. We are a restorative recovery ministry providing real help and lasting hope for the entire family in a grace-filled environment through Jesus Christ. We provide separate Christ-centered long term residential ministries for men and women with children who are seeking freedom from the shackles of addiction. These mentored programs emphasize a unique restorative process that cleanses the body, clears the mind, changes the heart and saves the soul.
Improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education and research
The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) was established in 1957 to help persons with ataxia and their families. The Foundation's primary purpose is to support promising ataxia research and to provide vital programs and services for ataxia families. An estimated 150,000 Americans are affected by heredity or sporadic ataxia. Ataxia can strike anyone at any time regardless of age, gender, or race. Ataxia is a group of progressive neurological diseases which affects coordination and speech. The Foundation has developed an extensive library of NAF brochures, fact sheets, books, and videos on ataxia. Also available to its members is the Foundation's quarterly news publication, Generations.
Still hungry for a cure
Organized in 1975, Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA) is dedicated to serving individuals affected by Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), their families, and interested professionals. To provide information, education, and support services to its members, PWSA offers: a toll-free telephone number for information and referrals; a bimonthly newsletter, The Gathered View; publications and audiovisual presentations about PWS; an annual national conference for families and professionals; a nationwide network of local chapters, parents, and professionals; research funding to expand knowledge and treatment options; and representation on the international level. PWS is a complex non-hereditary birth defect resulting from an abnormality on the 15th chromosome.
Working to improve the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.
The house that love built
Founded in 1979, The Ronald McDonald House is a "home away from home" for families who must travel hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to seek medical treatment for their children. Families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House share their stories and gain new insights as they meet children and parents with similar concerns. The Ronald McDonald House is a 24 guestroom home, complete with living areas, kitchen, laundry, playrooms and a game room for children to enjoy.
Dedicated to scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, public service, education, and collaboration.
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. ATA is an international individual membership organization with over 1,600 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 93rd anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of monthly journals, THYROID, Clinical Thyroidology and Clinical Thyroidology for the Public; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs through www.thyroid.org; and the development of evidence based guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease.
Improving Human Life by Advancing the Field of Transplantation
The American Society of Transplantation was founded in 1982 and is an organization of more than 3400 professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, and organ donation. Uniquely in modern medicine, solid organ donation and transplantation requires interaction among multiple parties, well beyond the usual patient-provider relationship. For instance, availability of organs influences decision-making in patient care for all involved.
Dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus, and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters, branches and support groups conduct programs of research, education, advocacy, and support. An estimated 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide have some form of lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that results from an unbalanced immune system that becomes destructive to any organ in the body. Lupus is unpredictable and potentially fatal, yet no satisfactory treatment or cure exists.
Providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously-ill children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis provides comfort, care, and lodging to families of seriously-ill children. These children, who live outside a 50 mile radius of St. Louis, are being treated at local area hospitals. In addition to the three Houses and the apartment complex, three local hospitals have a special place where any family can take respite, a Ronald McDonald Family Room. RMHC provides a warm, home-like atmosphere where families can eat, sleep, watch TV, or just relax, but most importantly, spend time with each other and with other families in similar situations. Since the St. Louis House first opened its first house 1981, over 30,000 families from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries have benefited from the services and hospitality of our volunteers and staff.
Our Vision: No one suffers the full effects of Polycystic Kidney Disease.
The PKD Foundation is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting polycystic kidney disease (PKD). The mission of the Foundation is to promote programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in order to discover treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease and improve the lives of all it affects. To fulfill our mission and discover treatments for PKD, the PKD Foundation has launched an integrated research initiative focused on "Accelerating Treatments to Patients," which is designed to speed up the development of treatments for PKD. Key components of this initiative include drug repurposing, targeted research grants, tissue donation, clinical trials and much more. In addition to funding research and educational programs, the PKD Foundation provides a forum for patients, family and friends through more than 60 volunteer-led Chapters across the country.
Share the power of a wish
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of South Dakota is to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Our chapter grants wishes of each referred and eligible child, within the state of South Dakota. Our chapter volunteers are part of a nationwide network of nearly 25,000 caring people dedicated to making wishes come true. This page is about some of the great people at our chapter who are brightening the lives of wish kids. Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Fulfilling a child's wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska has granted close to 1,800 wishes to children in the state of Nebraska since 1983.
Connecting cystic fibrosis resources with community needs
The Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI) works to fund research, provide educational and personal support, and spread awareness of cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. As we work to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, CFRI envisions informing, engaging, and empowering the CF community to help all who have this challenging disease attain the highest possible quality of life. Our committees include: the Research Advisory Committee, which administers, reviews and offers guidance on what cystic fibrosis research to fund; the Events Committees, which organize and coordinate many popular events throughout the year; and the Newsletter Committee, which produces our award-winning monthly newsletter, with over 15,000 subscribers.
Supporting cancer research in Israel
The Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) was founded in 1975 by a group of American and Canadian researchers, oncologists, and lay people determined to harness Israel's educational and scientific resources in the fight against cancer. Its initial purpose was to stem the brain drain of Israeli researchers by providing funds for postdoctoral fellowships for young Ph.D.'s. ICRF is the only U.S.-based charity solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel. Since its inception, ICRF has provided more than $52 million to support innovative studies by Israeli scientists. Our awardees are selected through a rigorous peer-review process that is conducted by a world-class scientific panel. We support individuals at all of the major research institutions in Israel.
Zero tolerance for injury to patients
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation's (APSF) mission is to improve continually the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting safety research and education, patient safety programs and campaigns, and national and international exchange of information and ideas. The APSF persists in pursuit of its mission of zero tolerance for injury to patients. It serves as a model for the pioneering collaboration and commitment of the entire constellation of anesthesia-related professions to the common goal of patient safety.
Keeping children healthy through helping families
Founded in 1986, the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware provides a safe, affordable "home away from home" to families of seriously or chronically ill or injured children who are being treated at area hospitals and operates 3 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms within pediatric units of hospitals across Delaware. The House is a place where families can stay together and receive the kind of special care they need at such difficult times. Families find a bit of comfort and peace and a hot evening meal after a long day at the Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware's mission is to support families in reaching the hope of tomorrow from the challenges of today.
Promoting literacy through research, education, and advocacy
Founded in 1949, The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. We are the oldest such organization in the U.S. that serves individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field. IDA focuses its resources in four major areas: information and referral services, research, professional development, advocacy and public policy. We publish a peer-reviewed journal, Annals of Dyslexia, as well as a quarterly publication, Perspectives on Language and Literacy. In addition, we fund research on neurological, educational and developmental issues as they relate to dyslexia. We advocate for the rights of individuals with dyslexia both through the legal and Federal legislative systems.
Improving the lives of all affected by autism
Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, Autism Society of America (ASA) is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. ASA exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. Through its strong chapter network, ASA has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law.
Rights. Respect. Responsibility.
Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource. Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.
Improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases
The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research. Primary immunodeficiency diseases are a group of relatively rare conditions caused by intrinsic or genetic defects in the immune system. Since 1980, IDF has provided accurate and timely information for the nearly quarter-million Americans who have been diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency disease. Today, thousands of individuals and families affected by primary immunodeficiency diseases depend on IDF for advocacy, education and empowerment.
Know the signs. Fight for victory.
The Marfan Foundation creates a brighter future for everyone affected by Marfan syndrome and related disorders.- We pursue the most innovative research and make sure that it receives proper funding.- We create an informed public and educated patient community to increase early diagnosis and ensure life-saving treatment.- We provide relentless support to families, caregivers, and healthcare providers.We will not rest until we've achieved victory - a world in which everyone with Marfan syndrome or a related disorder receives a proper diagnosis, gets the necessary treatment, and lives a long and full life.
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic fulfills the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation serves children who reside in central and southern Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, has fulfilled the wishes of more than 6,000 children fighting illnesses such as cancer, pediatric AIDS, cystic fibrosis, Duchene's muscular dystrophy and heart disease. A wish fulfilled creates a memorable experience for a child fighting a life-threatening medical condition and gives him or her something positive to think about instead of medical treatments and hospital visits.
Fighting bone marrow diseases through patient support and research since 1983
AAMDSIF focuses on bone marrow failure diseases, educating and connecting patients and families and health professionals worldwide. It also promotes and invests in collaborative clinical research to study and find cures for aplastic anemia, MDS and PNH.
A world of care
Founded in 1985, the mission of the National Caregiving Foundation is to meet both the direct and indirect needs resulting from the impact of catastrophic diseases on our society. The mission is accomplished by: disseminating educational information; distributing support materials that ease the burden of those affected by the diseases; and by increasing public awareness. The National Caregiving Foundation focuses its efforts on the Alzheimer's Project. The Alzheimer's Project is a national effort to assist caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer's not only attacks the affected person, but also the caregivers who pay a high physical and emotional price for their association with their loved one who falls victim to the disease.
Innovation for prevention, healing and the cure
The Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation (Diabetes Action), founded in 1990, is committed to the prevention and treatment of diabetes and to the funding of innovative, promising research aimed at finding a cure for diabetes and diabetes related complications. Diabetes Action has provided grants to over 230 separate research studies at universities and medical institutions across the United States. Diabetes Action has also provided medical supplies to countries including Tanzania, Liberia, and Sierra Leone where the aftermath of years of civil war have left a population in continued poverty and dependent on rural clinics for medical care.
Founded in 1992, the mission of the Childhood Leukemia Foundation (CLF) is to lift the spirit and enhance the quality of life of children suffering with cancer. Our goal is to make sure children battling cancer know they are not alone. All of our programs have been designed to: educate and entertain; provide a sense of physical normalcy and help raise self esteem; encourage physical participation and therapeutic play; maintain a communications lifeline; and provide care management tools. CLF works with more than 140 specialized treatment centers. The organization serves over 15,000 children nationwide with free program and service offerings for childhood cancer patients and their families.5
Welcoming the least served
Fan Free Clinic (FFC) provides medical treatment, health education, social services and advocacy for those in the Richmond area with limited access to care, placing special emphasis on welcoming the least served. In 1968, a small community clinic was established in Richmond's historic Fan District. Incorporated two years later, Fan Free Clinic became the first free clinic in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Over the years, FFC's focus has shifted with the needs of the community. Today, as more and more individuals and families find themselves without adequate health care coverage and affordable resources, FFC is reshaping itself once again to meet contemporary challenges.
Ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research
Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, healthcare professionals, industry and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for Americans with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making accurate medical information relevant and understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care.
The ground-breaking premium & co-payment assistance foundation for the chronically ill.
Patient Services Incorporated (PSI), founded in 1989, is the ground breaking premium and co-payment assistance foundation for the chronically ill. For over two decades, PSI has helped people who live with certain chronic illnesses or conditions locate suitable health insurance coverage and access ways to satisfy expensive co-payments. PSI provides assistance with the cost of health insurance premiums associated with COBRAs, State High Risk Pools, Open enrollment, Guaranteed Issue policies, HIPAA conversion policies; and prescriptions co-payments associated with private insurance as well as with Medicare Parts B and D.
Providing a home away from home for families of critically ill children
Since 1980, the Ronald McDonald House of Durham has allowed families to focus on the health and well-being of their critically ill children by keeping families together who are in need of a community of hope, comfort, and empathy. Ronald McDonald House of Durham offers families the comforts of home - inviting bedrooms, bright community spaces, daily home-cooked meals and a fully stocked kitchen - as well as a network of support through interactions with other families, staff and volunteers. The families who rely on the Ronald McDonald House of Durham know they can count on us to provide a home away from home every day at our House and at our Family Room.
Shape a child's life. And in turn, learn what life is all about.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of NC) is all about improving the lives of children. We believe that when you make a positive impact on the life of a single child, you create an amazing halo effect that extends from the family to the community and ultimately, the world. We carry out this vision by seeking to identify, create and support programs that directly benefit the health and well-being of children and families in North Carolina. Since 1992, we have proudly built upon this legacy of renewing lives and communities.
Working to make ME/CFS widely understood, diagnosable, and treatable
The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (formerly known as the CFIDS Association of America) was founded in 1987 and has established itself as the leading charitable organization dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). Our mission is to make ME/CFS widely understood, diagnosable, and treatable by stimulating participatory, patient centered research aimed at the early detection, objective diagnosis and effective treatment of ME/CFS through expanded public, private and commercial investment.
Assisting those in our community in times of need
Founded in 1991, The Eblen Charities' outreach extends throughout the counties of western North Carolina and through its numerous programs has helped thousands upon thousand of families each year with medical and emergency assistance. Today, Eblen Charities has become one of North Carolina's most innovative and effective social enterprises. They also offer programs focused on education, housing, and energy assistance for families in the community who are facing financial burdens and the effects that illness and disabilities often bring.
Each one, teach one
Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers' (TROSA) is an innovative, multi-year residential program that enables substance abusers to be productive, recovering individuals by providing comprehensive treatment, work-based vocational training, education, and continuing care. Founded in 1994, TROSA is now the largest residential therapeutic community in North Carolina and is widely respected for its innovative therapeutic and entrepreneurial approach to the pervasive issue of substance abuse. Key elements of the two-year program include vocational training, education, communication, peer counseling, mentoring, leadership training and aftercare.
Fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of our founder and creator, Alexandra "Alex" Scott - a cure for all children with cancer. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer cause - especially research into new treatments and cures - and to encourage and educate others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. The money we've raised has helped us to: fund more than 160 cutting-edge research projects; create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment; and develop resources to help people everywhere touched by childhood cancer.
"Quality care with compassion"
Greenville Free Medical Clinic promotes wellness and provides caring, quality primary medical care and dental services, health education and prescription medications without charge to eligible low-income uninsured Greenville County residents. Dedicated and concerned community leaders, under the guidance of founding physician Dr. Lawson Stoneburner, started the Greenville Free Medical Clinic in 1987. In the decades since then, tens of thousands of low-income uninsured patients have received care from volunteer physicians, dentists and nurses at the four clinic sites operated by the organization. Nearly 600 volunteers give of their time and talent each year. Medical experience is not necessary - there are essential volunteer opportunities available in patient registration and screening.
What have you done for someone today?
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) began in Hilton Head, South Carolina. In 1992, one out of three people who lived on Hilton Head Island had no access to health care. At the same time, a number of retired medical personnel (physicians, nurses, dentists) began expressing an interest in finding a way to continue practicing their profession on a voluntary, part-time basis to help those without access to care. In 1993, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic was created as a free health clinic utilizing retired health care professionals. Now every person who lives or works on Hilton Head Island has easy access to health care.
Imagine a world without childhood cancer
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer. The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer. Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.
Promoting the prevention of spina bifida and enhancing the lives of all affected
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of spina bifida. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that happens in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column doesn't close completely. Since 1973, SBA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service. Through its network of chapters, SBA has a presence in more than 125 communities nationwide and touches thousands of people each year. Lives are changed by the programs SBA has created, the services the organization provides, and the accomplishments of its advocacy efforts.
A Home Away From Home
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta (RMHCA) is a locally funded and operated non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and their families by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. We tailor our programs to address the most urgent needs of our community to keep our kids healthy and happy. These needs include how families that live 25 miles or more away can stay near and support a hospitalized child and how to afford staying together in another city while a child is undergoing treatment or care and how to send their child to college. We not only help families address these problems, we provide solutions through the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta and our RMHCA Scholarship Program.
Raising Hope. Changing Lives.
National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) offers hope to transplant patients by helping them overcome financial obstacles that may prevent or delay their lifesaving transplants. NFT provides advocacy, fundraising expertise and grants to organ and tissue transplant patients for medical care, medications and travel needs they otherwise could not afford. Founded in 1983, NFT has generated more than $56 million to help patients during their transplant journey. NFT serves solid organ and tissue transplant patients in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Creating a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere
PearlPoint Cancer Support provides personalized guidance and compassionate support to any adult impacted by cancer. Founded in 1987, we seek to come alongside survivors and co-survivors from the moment of diagnosis, and help them more confidently navigate their cancer journey. All services are free of charge, regardless of location or treatment facility. Services include, cancer education resources, clinical trial information, nutritional guidance, cancer supportive services and MY PearlPoint, an online portal that provides personalized guidance for each individual cancer journey.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina has one purpose- to grant wishes to children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. The benefits of wish fulfillment are many and varied. Though it is difficult to measure the effect a wish has on a child, we believe that while doctors provide the medicine, the Make-A-Wish Foundation provides the magic. Since 1986, the chapter has granted more than 2,134 (and counting) favorite wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout Eastern North Carolina.
Sharing the love of Christ by serving those in need through health care
In 1989, a group of members of Belmont Church in Nashville heard God's calling to find a biblical solution to meet the needs of people with limited resources who were suffering due to a lack of health insurance. From that vision, Siloam Family Health Center was born. While Siloam began as a neighborhood clinic, today it serves uninsured people from all over Nashville and the surrounding areas. Patients are asked to participate in their health care by making a contribution depending on the services provided and their financial ability. No one is ever turned away because they cannot afford to contribute to the ministry. Siloam does not bill patients and we do not file insurance.
A Ray of Hope for Children with Cancer
Founded in 1982, Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of Georgia's children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. Camp Sunshine provides year-round programs which allow children with cancer and their families to share similar experiences and to participate in activities that promote normal childhood development as they cope with the challenges of childhood cancer. Although Camp Sunshine began as a summer camp, programs now also include family camps, sibling camp, teen retreats, preschool and school age programs, support and educational programs for families, hospital based camp and a variety of activities throughout the year.
Enriching lives everyday
Founded in 1992, the mission of the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) is to help meet the needs of organ transplant candidates, living donors, recipients and their families by providing information and education regarding organ transplantation, granting financial assistance and being an advocate for sustaining and enriching lives everyday. GTF is focused on providing both financial and educational assistance during a time that is often overwhelming for those undergoing or waiting for a transplant. Today, GTF is the primary source for transplant patient assistance and support for all solid organ transplantation in the entire state of Georgia.
Find Answers. Change Lives. Beat Parkinson's.
At the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), we make life better for people with Parkinson's through expert care and research. Everything we do helps people actively enjoy life with their friends, families, children and grandchildren until there is a tomorrow without Parkinson's.
The best hope for a cure
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation was created in 1971 by a small group of parents of children with diabetes - parents committed to finding a cure for this devastating disease. Driven by hope and fueled by the need to end their children's suffering, they banded together to support a promising research program at the University of Miami solely aimed at curing those living with diabetes. From providing the vital seed funding necessary to pursue innovative ideas, to bringing promising discoveries to patients now living with diabetes, the Foundation is a key to enabling the Diabetes Research Institute scientists to accelerate research.
Making dreams come true for seriously ill children
The Children's Dream Fund was founded in 1981 with the single purpose of fulfilling dreams for children ages 3-18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Dreams vary greatly - from trips to Disney World, meetings with celebrities, computers, play sets, cruises and shopping sprees. Every child deserves hope and a dream, and our continued goal is to provide a dream for every eligible child referred to us from area hospitals. The Children's Dream Fund operates out of an office in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, and serves children living throughout West Central Florida. The Children's Dream Fund is not affiliated with a national organization.
The house that love built
Since opening in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida has served as a home-away-from-home and source of respite and resources for more than 20,000 adults and children. Originally built as a 6-bedroom facility, we underwent 2 expansions before opening a brand new 26-bedroom House at 5200 Bayou Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida on August 23, 2010. This larger facility allows us to serve over 1,000 families each year.
Where happiness inspires hope
Give Kids The World exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need. Each day, Give Kids The World lives by this mission and has made a promise to never turn a child away. Since 1986, more than 122,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. Through the tireless support of our volunteers, employees and generous partners, we dedicate each and every day to these special families.
It's All About "MEE" Motivating, Educating, Empowering
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) was established in 1986. As a predominantly service-based organization, MSF provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain both their health and well-being. We offer nationally accessible programming and support to keep them self-sufficient and their homes safe, while our educational programs heighten public awareness and promote understanding about the illness. Individuals affected by MS, regional support groups, and healthcare professionals rely on our resources. Our priority is to serve with empathy, resourcefulness, and responsibility. We are here to listen, assist, and empower. All programs are centrally coordinated from our national headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There are no fees or fundraising participation requirements in order to either receive assistance or publication subscriptions.
Providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD. CHADD's primary objectives are: to provide a support network for parents and caregivers; to provide a forum for continuing education; to be a community resource and disseminate accurate, evidence-based information about ADHD to parents, educators, adults, professionals, and the media; to promote ongoing research; and to be an advocate on behalf of the ADHD community. CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.
Bringing hope and the promise of tomorrow
In 25 years, Dreams Come True has made the special desires of almost 2,400 children come true. Dreams provide these wonderful children and their families with a momentary reprieve from the rigors of medical treatment often associated with life-threatening illnesses. A dream temporarily removes the child from doctor visits, hospital stays, tests and needles and brings laughter, joy and childhood to the forefront. Dreams give the children and their families memories to carry them through the rough times and smiles to last a lifetime. Dreams bring hope and the promise of tomorrow. All children between the ages of two and a half and eighteen who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and either live or are treated in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia are eligible for a dreams.
Educating and assisting women
A Woman's Choice Resource Center (AWC) is a special health clinic designed to educate and assist women. Necole's Place is our lifeskills and education center for the women we serve. AWC is committed to presenting the Gospel of our Lord in word and deed by educating women facing crisis pregnancies, responding to their needs and protecting the lives of unborn children. Necole's Place exists to equip mothers and their children to live Godly and productive lives by sharing God's Word, encouraging Christian life choices, teaching practical living skills and providing spiritual and emotional support.
Enhancing quality of life through the science of orthopaedic medicine
For more than 60 years, the Campbell Foundation has been committed to advancing surgeon education, orthopaedic research, and community healthcare. The Campbell Foundation was established in 1946 and is affiliated with Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in Memphis, Tennessee. A scientific and charitable trust, The Campbell Foundation was founded by Dr. Willis C. Campbell's partners to continue his commitment to the advancement of orthopaedic medicine.
Life without limits for people with disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Birmingham provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives. Founded in 1948 by individuals who cared about the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy, UCP of Greater Birmingham provides services and programs for infants, children and adults with disabilities and their families. We address physical and health needs, encourage their educational development and offer opportunities for true integration into the community.
35 Years and 36,000 Families
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, Inc. (RMHCA) is committed to enhancing the lives of children and their families, with a primary emphasis on facilitating access to pediatric health care for residents of Alabama and adjacent states. RMHCA provides a safe, affordable, supportive home-away-from-home for sick or injured children and their families when they travel to Birmingham for medical treatment and a place to rest and re-group while only steps from their sick child's bedside at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.
Offering freedom from addiction through Christ-centered recovery.
Founded in 1965, the Home of Grace is a nationally recognized addiction recovery program. Located on two separate campuses, a men's campus in Vancleave, MS and a women's campus in Gautier, MS, the faith-based program includes a three-month residence, certified individual and group counseling, classroom instruction, work readiness, and an adult education program. Donations allow the Home of Grace to offer a substantial scholarship to each individual seeking help, providing premiere services at an affordable rate.
Serving the nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS
The Poverello Center provides life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services. Currently, The Poverello Center provides service to more than 2500 clients. Since 1986, we have served over 12,600 clients and we have provided enough food to prepare more than 1,000,000 meals each year.
Research is the key. By investing in the most promising, highest quality research, we will find a cure.
The Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) is the nation's leading nonprofit investor in medical research aimed at discovering improved therapies and, ultimately, a cure for people living with scleroderma. Founded in 1987 by patient and activist Sharon Monsky, the SRF funds and facilitates the most promising, highest quality research and works to increase awareness of this life-threatening illness. To date, the SRF has invested more than $30,000,000 in groundbreaking science at some of the world's most prestigious research institutions and continues to lead the way in the search for improved therapies and a cure.
A home away from home
Formed in 1981, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City carries out its mission by providing the best possible resources, facilities and services benefiting children and their families at a time of need or crisis. The Ronald McDonald House and Family Room provide a "home away from home" for family members of hospitalized children. Grants and scholarships are also provided through the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Healing for Individuals and Their Families
A Chance to Change Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit agency that offers education classes, workshops and prevention programs to those suffering from addictions, behavioral disorders and those whose families have been affected. ACTC is funded by fees, insurance reimbursement, donations from individuals and corporations, private foundation grants, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Central Oklahoma United Way, and other sources. ACTC is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of community volunteers. Each member brings unique attributes to the board while all possessing a common passion for the mission of A Chance to Change. We are proud to be accredited by CARF for Integrated Treatment Services. As part of our accreditation, we have a corporate compliance program.
Share the power of a wish.
Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded in 1982, our chapter has granted more than 2,700 wishes to eligible Oklahoma children. The Oklahoma chapter is part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 63 chapters in the United States and its territories, along with affiliates in 33 countries on five continents. Make-A-Wish® estimates a positive impact on more than 300,000 individuals each year.
Adult & Family Programs
Teen Challenge of Texas provides adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order for them to become productive members of society. By applying Biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. Teen Challenge came to Texas in 1968, with the opening of the San Antonio campus, then called the Westwood Center. Teen Challenge of Texas now operates five campuses in Texas in the San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas.
Reducing the incidence and impact of stroke
Established in 1984, National Stroke Association (NSA) has grown to be the leading resource for stroke. NSA is the only national non-profit organization in the United States devoting 100 percent of its resources to stroke through a variety of innovative and high impact programs. We provide education, services and community-based activities in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery. NSA serves people at risk, patients and their health care providers, stroke survivors, and their families and caregivers. Our awareness initiatives have provided millions of Americans with life-saving tools to prevent stroke. Our research fellowship grants provide new avenues for treatment. Through expert guidance and compassionate support, we help people realize the potential of life after stroke.
The power to be more than your MS
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. A national nonprofit organization, we empower people to move beyond their MS by giving them the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, actively co-manage their disease and live their best lives. The organization has helped thousands of people living with MS transform challenges into possibilities in health and life. In 2009, we provided programs and services to more than 6,000 people. Can Do MS honors the legacy and beliefs of the organization's founder, Jimmie Heuga, who founded the organization in 1984.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. The Central & South Texas chapter has granted over 3,600 wishes since it was founded in 1984. During fiscal year 2012, 218 children in our area experienced the magic of a wish. Children from 40 counties in the central and southern regions of Texas benefit from the efforts of this chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Share the power of a wish
Incorporated in 1985, the mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah provides a wish to all Utah children between 2 1/2 and 17 (at the time of referral) whose physicians affirm that they have a life-threatening condition. A wish is a critically ill child's answer to the question, "If you could have anything in the world, go anywhere, be or do anything, what would you choose? What would you do?" The Utah chapter grants over 140 wishes a year to Utah children. That's giving hope to a lot of young people and their families.
Advancing the care of hand and upper extremity disorders
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand was founded by the Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in February of 1986. The purposes for creating the Foundation were to address the rising expense of providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) and allow the Hand Society to remain committed to its mission of providing continuing education. The mission of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting education, research and outreach through the efficient collection of donations and administration of grants.
The House that Love Built
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) is the only organization in Dallas that provides a temporary home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment for a serious illness or injury at a Dallas area hospital. In an effort to lessen the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for these families, the RMHD provides affordable housing in a caring home-like atmosphere. The Ronald McDonald House program was built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child - not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
Providing a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals
The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Our vision is to never turn away a family. Our programs include the 57-bedroom the Ronald McDonald House on 8th Avenue and the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Cook Children's Medical Center.
Ending breast cancer forever
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We want to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas has granted more than 7,000 wishes since our inception in 1982. Our goal is to be a unique part of the treatment process. With doctors providing the medicine, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation supplying the magic, we strive to create miracles in the lives of some very special children.
Promoting health and wellness by providing quality services to people without access to base care
The Medical Care Mission exists to provide, in a Christian setting, quality health care to persons in the Abilene area. Although the Mission was established by the Presbyterian Church in 1983, it is an ecumenical ministry that receives widespread support throughout the community from a variety of faith congregations, community organizations and individuals. The Presbyterian Medical Care Mission is a family clinic, and their two full-time physicians serve as general practitioners for their patients. Their services are available to people who do not have private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.
A place for change Better Health. Better Lives.
Cenikor is committed to helping people deal with behavioral health issues and addictions by providing a full continuum of care. Cenikor has a variety of programs including short-term and long-term inpatient programs, detoxification, outpatient and intensive outpatient services. Cenikor also provides adolescent short-term inpatient treatment, outpatient and intensive outpatient care. Cenikor Foundation is one of the oldest and most successful substance abuse treatment centers in the nation with services throughout Texas and Louisiana. Since 1967, Cenikor has expanded to assist approximately 1,000 people a week achieve better health and better lives.Cenikor Foundation is dedicated to providing quality behavioral health care services to the communities we serve.
Every woman deserves quality breast health care.
Founded in 1986, the mission of The Rose is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by providing screening, diagnosis and access to treatment to women regardless of their ability to pay. The Rose is Houston area's preeminent breast health care center. Through two community-based comprehensive diagnostic centers and a fleet of Mobile Mammography Vans, The Rose provides more than 70,000 services annually to throughout Southeast Texas. Services include mammography screening, diagnostics, ultrasounds, breast biopsies, bone density testing, physician consults, social services support, education and access to treatment. Patient Navigation is our ultimate service which moves uninsured women diagnosed with breast cancer into timely treatment and care. We understand the emotional and mental stress of facing a life threatening disease without the resources to fight it and our job is to walk with each woman, there to support and guide, throughout her journey. The Rose 'levels' the playing field, providing every woman a chance to survive and thrive--insured and uninsured--with a sense of dignity and worth.
Providing free and confidential support groups
Founded in 2004, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston provides free and confidential support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders. Our support groups help anyone who is trying to understand these two difficult mental disorders so they can better assist their loved ones on their path to wellness. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston support groups are facilitated by trained, dedicated and passionate facilitators. There is no fee or registration required, just show up. All groups are 1.5 hours.
For a future without breast cancer
The Mission of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is to create a future without breast cancer by focusing on the cause and prevention. We will meet this challenge by being fast, flexible, and project-based. We will identify needs and determine how these needs can be quickly met, not by emulating existing nonprofit organizations but by designing a new model specific to the tasks at hand. We will find the most effective route to breast cancer eradication, whether it is in the not-for-profit arena, the for-profit arena, or both. We will approach problems by collaborating and coordinating with other organizations. We will facilitate solutions to be adopted by others.
Freedom From Addiction
Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada was started in 1964 in San Francisco and was legally incorporated in Northern California in 1964. The purpose of Teen Challenge is to help people who have life-controlling problems and initiate the discipleship process to the point where the student can function as a Christian in society. The Teen Challenge approach is to teach a whole new way of living by addressing family relationships, work attitudes, self-image and esteem, peer pressure, addictions, social issues, community relationships, and a variety of other life skills. Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
Recover your passion, discover your purpose
Beit T'Shuvah is an outgrowth of the Jewish Committee for Personal Service, an organization started in 1921 by a small group of Rabbis and Social Workers. Today, Beit T'Shuvah is both a residential treatment center and a full-service congregation offering religious services, holiday celebrations and study. Additionally, the treatment center offers outreach to the entire community including prevention programs, family and alumni counseling and support, court advocacy and professional training. Beit T'Shuvah has a vision to reduce the incidence of addition and other harmful behaviors through individual and family education that is offered through dynamic programs designed to meet the individual needs of each resident in every stage of recovery.
Help us eradicate curable blindness
Founded in 1998, the mission of the Sankara Eye Foundation, USA (SEF, USA) is to realize the goal of 20/20 vision for the people of India by the year 2020. We initiate and drive community eye care activities in India by working with eye care organizations such as Sankara Eye Society, which runs the Sankara Eye Hospital in Coimbatore. SEF, USA has played a significant role in increasing the number of free surgeries eight fold to its current projected annual rate of about 70,000.
Improving human health through innovative genetic research and education
Incorporated in 1989, McLaughlin Research Institute is an independent research organization in Great Falls, Montana near the Rocky Mountain Front. Research at the Institute focuses on understanding the genetic control of normal development and disease susceptibility using the mouse as a model system. The Institute works to ultimately improve human health by conducting highly interactive and creative biomedical research aimed primarily at understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to disease. Research results are disseminated through participation in organized educational programs, publications in scientific journals, and other means. The Institute is also committed to being a resource for science education and training for students and teachers in a rural region.
Enabling families to focus on the most important part of the treatment - the child.
Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer. Since 2004, Heroes for Children has helped alleviate families' worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of cancer-fighting and caregiving. Our vision is that no family with a child battling cancer will fight alone.
Reducing stigma, transforming systems of care, and improving lives since 1953
Mental Health America of Colorado, incorporated in 1953, began setting the stage for mental health leadership in our state. Since our founding that year, we have been changing community attitudes about mental health; replacing the one time hopelessness of a mental health diagnosis with hope, recovery and fulfilled lives. It is our dream that the stigma that is so often associated with mental health conditions will be eliminated, and it is our desire to provide Coloradans with current information about mental health conditions and their treatment. Our programs, built on the cornerstones of advocacy, education, prevention and outreach, make these aspirations a reality.
Race to Erase MS
The Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of multiple sclerosis (MS). Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and the cure of this devastating disease. All funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation's top MS research centers. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs and therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. In addition to combating MS through research, the foundation hopes an increased awareness will be created by educating the public about this mystifying disease.
Granting wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.
Every 37 minutes Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. The New Mexico chapter was established in 1986, and in January of 1987 we granted our first Wish for Donovan, who Wished for his very own bicycle. In the past 30 years we have granted more than 1800 Wishes to New Mexico children! We are incredibly grateful to our donors, supporters and volunteers who have helped to make our success possible as we strive to reach as many eligible New Mexico children as possible…THANK YOU!
Improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders
The Arizona Hemophilia Association (AHA) is a volunteer-based non-profit that works to improve the quality of life of individuals and families affected by bleeding disorders by providing caring support, quality education and targeted advocacy aimed at enhancing medical care and insurance coverage for our community in the entire state of Arizona. The AHA has served families and individuals affected by bleeding disorders in Arizona since 1967, providing bilingual and bicultural services and programs. We are the only such organization in the state of Arizona.
Share the power of a wish
Make-A-Wish America helps to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the organization is one of the nation's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 38 minutes, on average. It has granted more than 225,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
Working towards prevention since 1993
Founded in 1993, the mission of the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer's disease by conducting clinical research and providing educational outreach. For almost 20 years, the ARPF has been on the leading edge by researching, advocating, and educating about a holistic approach to preventing memory loss and Alzheimer's.
We're flying for your life
The mission of Miracle Flights for Kids is to improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care; to promote awareness of our services through targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action.The vision to help children and families in need of specialized care far from home came to fruition in the heart and mind of Miracle Flights for Kids founder Ann McGee. Thousands of donors and volunteers across the U.S. combined to make her vision a reality.Miracle Flights for Kids has established itself as the nation's leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization, removing barriers to healthcare access and improve the quality of life for our children. Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights assures families with limited financial resources, that their sick child is not without options.
Supporting Seattle's Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the nation. We serve as the umbrella organization for nearly 500 groups of friends, family, co-workers and community members who donate their time and resources to support Seattle Children's. Our mission is to serve as advocates for Seattle Children's through our volunteer, philanthropic and educational endeavors to ensure excellent health care for all children in our region.
Your gift, saving more lives
The quality of emergency medical care in our community has been the mission of the Medic One Foundation since 1974. The Foundation: guarantees rigorous paramedic training and continuing medical education that is experience-centered and under the guidance of University of Washington physicians; insures the quality of pre-hospital emergency care through independent medical review-continuously evaluating Medic One services, monitoring treatments and outcomes and developing new approaches to improve survival; sponsors targeted research on methods to improve patient outcomes and prevent sudden cardiac death; and equips emergency medical service providers by funding special equipment needs to help them in better serving their communities.
The voice for millions of Americans who are affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
From its origins in a tiny newspaper classified ad in 1966, the National Psoriasis Foundation has grown to be the largest psoriasis patient advocacy organization in the world. In over 40 years, the Foundation has grown from a small group of volunteers interested in support to a national nonprofit organization that lobbies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and offers extensive programs and services, providing help to more than a million people each year. The National Psoriasis Foundation is the voice for millions of Americans who are affected by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.
Fighting lung disease in all its forms
As the local lung health leader, Breathe California of the Bay Area fights lung disease in all its forms and works with its communities to protect lung health. Since 1911, organization has dedicated itself to helping all local residents breathe easier. Originally founded as the Tuberculosis Society and later working under three other names (including the American Lung Association of Santa Clara-San Benito Counties, 1970-2005), we have offered a wide array of services that address the most pressing lung health issues of our time. This includes programs to: teach kids how to manage their asthma; prevent teens from using tobacco; assist smokers who want to quit; offer support to local COPD & lung cancer patients; advocate for clean air policies; and support innovative lung disease research.
Embracing wellness since 1974
Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS. Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning inner peace or tranquility. It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations. Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti model of peer support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout our work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.
Serving families of seriously ill children since 1979
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Built in 1979, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford was the fifth such House in the country. Since then, the House has grown from 13 to 47 bedrooms, 12 full time employees, and more than 100 volunteers. The House now offers families so much more than its founders could have hoped for, it's more than a room with a shower and a bed. The program offerings at the House have grown exponentially and make a huge impact in creating the community environment that supports these families.
Supporting those with alopecia areata and funding medical research
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata. Founded in 1981, NAAF accomplishes this by funding research and research workshops that add to the scientific knowledge about alopecia areata, its causes, and different treatments; providing local support and education for people with alopecia areata and their families; informing the public about alopecia areata; advocating the concerns of people affected alopecia areata; and creating and distributing educational materials to health professionals as well as those affected, so that all may better understand alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable, autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.
At the Forefront of Vascular Research
Vascular Cures is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit organization representing the millions of patients with Vascular Disease in the U.S. We focus on creating long-term, shared resources to accelerate development of new treatments and improve patient health. Vascular Cures invests in breakthrough treatments for vascular disease. For almost 30 years, Vascular Cures has funded research to transform human health. As an entrepreneurial non-profit, Vascular Cures specifically designs its programs to speed the process of getting results to patients.
Providing a home away from home for families of seriously ill children
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley became the fourth house in California that provides a home away from home, a refuge, for families who are trying to cope with the physical, emotional and financial burdens of having a seriously ill child. Parents do not have to sleep in hospital waiting rooms or bear the expense and loneliness of motel lodging. At the House they have an extended family - other house guests - who are experiencing some of the same fears and concerns and who are able to offer emotional support and a sympathetic ear.
Providing critical financial assistance to people living with disabling HIV/AIDS
AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) responds compassionately to the AIDS crisis by providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to help people disabled by HIV/AIDS to cover their basic human needs and stabilize their living situations. Short-term financial assistance from AEF is a key element of San Francisco's continuum of care, and AEF collaborates with other service providers to insure that clients access all available resources and assistance. Through compassionate intervention by AEF, people living with HIV/AIDS can maintain access to medical care and drug therapies, avoid eviction and homelessness, and live with greater stability and dignity during their illness. Since 1982, AEF has provided more than $30,000,000 in emergency financial assistance.
Providing leadership to prevent new HIV infections
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides vital services and programs designed to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS and to reduce the number of new infections that occur each year; continues to be a leader in educating at-risk communities about HIV/AIDS prevention; and advocates at the federal, state and local levels.
Information, inspiration, and advocacy for people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C
Project Inform fights the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics by assuring the development of effective treatments and a cure; supporting individuals to make informed choices about their health; advocating for quality, affordable health care; and promoting medical strategies that prevent new infections.
PARKINSON'S. WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER.
Founded in 1988, the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center (PI) is America's only independent non-profit organization that provides basic and clinical research, clinical trials and a comprehensive movement disorder patient clinic for Parkinson's disease (PD) and related neurological movement disorders, all under one roof. Our mission is to find the causes, provide first class patient care and discover a cure. Our unique freestanding organization supports a strong collaboration of translational medicine designed to more directly connect research to patient care - from the bench to bedside. We offer world class medical care at the Parkinson's Institute Movement Disorder's Clinic.
Protecting the breath of life
First formed in 1903, Breathe California of Los Angeles County (BREATHE LA), formerly the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County, is committed to promoting clean air and healthy lungs through education, research and technology. BREATHE LA provides educational and health awareness programs, conducts research, promotes clean air initiatives, enhances professional development for respiratory health professionals, and works with local communities, elected leaders, business leaders and the health education community to increase awareness and effective advocacy.
A vision of a community that is healthy for all residents
The Children's Clinic (TCC) is a system of licensed community health centers dedicated to providing comprehensive health care in a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate manner to ethnically diverse, low-income populations of all life cycles in the Southern California area. TCC was founded by a group of physicians and community leaders in 1939 who recognized the importance of access to health care for all children, particularly those who are from low income families, and are therefore, at risk for health problems. The Clinic has grown from offering weekly well-child care to a daily, full service health care facility with primary care services offered to children, adolescents and adults. Our mission is "to provide innovative, integrated quality health care that will contribute to a healthy community, focusing on those in need and working with patients and the community as partners in their overall well-being."
A research Center dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by diabetes through research, education and care.
William Sansum Diabetes Center (formerly known as Sansum Diabetes Research Institute) is dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by diabetes through research, education and care. Founded in 1944, William Sansum Diabetes Center is an extraordinary place, where diabetes research, nutrition, education, and diabetes prevention have improved the lives of people worldwide who suffer from this serious disease. The Center has gained international recognition for work on methods to detect and chart the progress of diabetes, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work on type 2 diabetes in young people.
Supporting leading-edge cancer research at Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) is a public benefit corporation that exists for the express purpose of raising and distributing funds to support leading-edge cancer research at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). The JCCF was founded in 1945 by a group of volunteers dedicated to cancer research at UCLA. Their idea, using funds raised from private sources to invest in the work of promising young cancer researchers, resulted in the Seed Grant Program, which has helped the JCCC break new ground in the quest to defeat cancer. Although seed grants remain an important part of JCCF's mission, the Foundation today also supports numerous high-priority, multi-disciplinary cancer research efforts focused on rapidly translating discoveries made in the laboratory into improved screening, treatment and prevention.
To further the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight.
Founded in 1947, the Doheny Eye Institute works to further the conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight. Today, Doheny Eye Institute is a top-ranked research, education, and patient care group of organizations working together under an affiliation agreement between Doheny Eye Institute, and USC's Doheny Eye Medical Group and Department of Ophthalmology. Our vision is to become the premier vision research, education, and tertiary patient care eye institute in the world through the discovery of new knowledge, innovative eye care, and the education of the leaders of ophthalmology and vision science.
Vision Rehabilitation Services that Rebuild Independence
San Diego Center for the Blind rehabilitates blind and vision impaired adults so they can reach their highest level of independence. The Center offer programs in orientation and mobility; individual, group and family counseling; activities of daily living; kitchen skills; typing; Braille; resource information for the blind; outreach; sensory awareness; diabetic education; information and referral; public information and education; speakers bureau; and transportation. In addition the SDCB Low Vision Clinic and Technology provides Low Vision Optometric Evaluations and Low Vision Occupational Assessment and Training. The Assistive Technology Center has a wide range of products including magnification systems, blindness products and aids and appliances for the vision impaired. We have been providing vision rehabilitation services to individuals with no vision to those with changing vision for over 35 years.
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California was founded 39 years ago in 1977. The mission of our organization is to provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. We express this mission primarily through Ronald McDonald Houses located in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Orange County and Bakersfield, through Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a cost-free sleep away camp for children with cancer and their siblings located in the mountains near Idyllwild, and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Orange County. The Southern California chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is the largest in the U.S.
The house that love built
Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a 'home away from home' to families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. Following treatment protocols and keeping up with bills is hard enough without having to find meals and a place to stay far from home. We help ease these burdens, take care of basic needs, and offer support to families as they cope with serious illness. We just opened a greatly expanded new House where we will serve 15,000 family members each year, up from 3,500 at the old location. We now serve day visitors as well as resident guests with a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind Family Care Center. Our House is open to any family with a child in a local hospital.
Improving the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases
The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) was established in 1982 to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. The founders included parents, doctors, friends, and business and community leaders who joined forces to translate laboratory research into immediate treatment for children with cancer. Since its inception, PCRF has raised over $40 million to fund cutting edge research that leads to medically sound treatment protocol for childhood cancers.
Improving the lives of the spondylitis community
Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) is the only nonprofit organization in the US dedicating 100% of its resources to improving the lives of the spondylitis community. SAA focuses on funding and promoting medical research, advancing education, providing extensive supportive programs and aggressively advocating on behalf of all those affected by spondylitis. We aim to be a leader in the quest to cure ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live life to the fullest. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. AS is the primary disease in the group of diseases known as Spondylitis, Spondyloarthropathy or Spondyloarthritis.
Giving New Hope
The Children's Burn Foundation is dedicated to providing support services for child burn survivors, ages 0-18 and their families, as well as burn prevention and fire safety education to thousands of children and caregivers in Southern California, nationally, and internationally. The Children's Burn Foundation is concerned with the Full Recovery of a child burn survivor, addressing not only their physical needs, but their psychological, emotional, and social recovery as well. We are the only known foundation that offers the Full Recovery Program for child burn survivors, locally, nationally, and internationally -- a unique blend of medical care, psycho-social support services, and daily living support to help young burn survivors achieve their full potential.
Share the power of a wish
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Since 1983, we have brightened the lives of over 8,300 children with a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles will fulfill a wish for any child who is over the age of 2 1/2 years and under 18 (at the time of referral) in Los Angeles County with a progressive, degenerative, or malignant life-threatening medical condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy.
So that no one faces cancer alone.
The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community is leading the way in empowering people affected by cancer, by addressing their individual needs, linking them to a community of support, and helping them to live better lives, so that no one faces cancer alone.Formed from the union of two of the foremost cancer support organizations - The Wellness Community and Gilda's Club - the Cancer Support Community is one of the world's largest providers of cancer support services and the nation's largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals. Our grassroots network of over 50 local affiliates and over 100 satellite locations delivers a comprehensive array of personalized services to cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers.
Funding research, finding cures
STOP CANCER is committed to funding the most promising and innovative scientists in their early research of all forms of cancer prevention, treatment, cures and subsequent clinical applications. STOP CANCER works primarily with local National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and other qualified institutions in the United States to carry out its mission.
Striving to combat blindness and eye disease every day
Founded in 1970, the mission of the Discovery Eye Foundation (DEF) exists to facilitate the development of cures and improve patient care through retinal and corneal research and educational programs for eye disease. We accomplish this through the funding of ground-breaking retinal and corneal research and through the development of multi-national outreach and support programs for those who are afflicted with eye disease. Through the establishment of the National Keratoconus Foundation and the Macular Degeneration Partnership, DEF has worked to provide the public with up-to-the-minute, unbiased information on keratoconus and age- related macular degeneration. DEF outreach programs provide information in a variety of formats including websites, free publications, regular newsletters, support groups and telephone access to healthcare professionals.
Providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (RMHC-HI) was created in 1997 to expand the positive impact of Hawaii's Ronald McDonald House on the communities served. The House, which opened in 1987, has been and will always be RMHC-HI's cornerstone program. The mission of RMHC-HI is to provide a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families and to develop programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific. RMHC-HI operates three facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions. Two residential facilities are located on Oahu and the third facility is an in-hospital respite center - the Ronald McDonald House Family Room - which serves immediate family members of inpatient children at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.