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Barth Syndrome Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   78 reviews 1,864

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Philanthropy

Address:

PO Box 618 Larchmont NY 10538 USA

Mission:

The Barth Syndrome Foundation (BSF) is dedicated to saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure for Barth syndrome (BTHS).

Results:

Our efforts have provided educational resources to transform families from powerless by-standers to empowered advocates.

Geographic areas served:

International

Programs:

BSF sponsors a competitive research grant program to facilitate advances in Barth syndrome (BTHS) understanding and to encourage the discovery of new treatments.  We are interested in providing “seed grant funding” to young investigators as well as attracting experienced investigators new to the field of BTHS basic science or clinical research. We anticipate that these funds will be used for the testing of initial hypotheses and the collection of preliminary data leading to successful long-term funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other major granting institutions around the world.

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https://www.barthsyndrome.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Amazing association, extremely active in fund raising, in raising awarness on a rare disease, on supporting affected families and promoting medical research

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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6 people found this review helpful

BSF is both as a family, loving, helpful and supporting, and as a huge source of information. Even if our son is affected by a rare disease, we never feel alone, and BSF give us the strenght to live with Barth Syndrome, and give us hope that the future of our kids will be brighter

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My brother,Bob was diagnosed with Barth Sydrome about 12 years ago.i reached out to Shelley Bowen,and she immediately returned my call.I don't remember everything but i did learn more about barth syndrome. My grandson was born in September 2008 and was diagnosed with Barth Sydrome in January of 2009.My grandson got the gift of life by having a heart transplant at the ageof 11 months.. We were told without a heart transplant byhis 1st Birthday, he may not live much past that. This was my witnees of a miracle, and I thank this organization for saving lives. Mary Klein

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BSF is truly an amazing organization. They are a lifeline to families and individuals affected by Bart Syndrome. The wealth of knowledge and information, compassion and understanding, friendship and hope, that comes from being a part of an active, professional and caring foundation is beyond words. Barth Syndrome Foundation is simply phenomenal.

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3 people found this review helpful

When our son was diagnosed with Barth Syndrome, we were terrified. BSF not only helped us through some of the toughest times in our lives, it also showed us hope and support beyond anything imaginable. If you are one of the few affected families around the world with this rare disease, you feel alone and misunderstood by everyone. In most cases, not even the Drs that are working on saving your child's life know anything about Barth Syndrome. The info and expert advice, coupled with medical and scientific advisory board and all the researchers working on the cure are INVALUABLE!!! You will never meet another group of people as dedicated and unwavering as BSF!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This an absolute wonderful organization. There is so much love, understanding, and information. Every single person will do everything they can to help each other. It is a tight community with friendships that will last a life time.

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2 people found this review helpful

This organization has changed our lives. When my 15 year old son was diagnosed with Barth syndrome, we were overwhelmed and lost. Through finding the Barth Syndrome Foundation, we were able to find specialists and information as to how to treat this extremely rare illness. Within just one week my son was starting to feel better. It has helped our whole family understand the illness and to know that we are not alone. The physical and mental support is just priceless.

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BSF, an amazing organization: its excellent website and newsletter give us information about the medical and daily aspects of the disease and also about the progress of the research financed by the Foundation. Bringing people together via the Listserv or the conferences and allowing them to share their experiences and to get help and advice is also quite appreciated. Our Thanks to the dedicated team that makes BSF so invaluable for all affected individuals and their families.

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BSF has made such a huge difference in our life when our grand-son was diagnosed with Barth Syndrome when he was 3 months old. We were overwhelmed with questions nobody could answer and we found in BSF a wonderful community of parents and experts offering knowledge, advice and support. The Internet Site is a remarkable source of information for many aspects of the disease and for every day life issues, the Listserv also provides quick and useful information through shared experiences. BSF is an excellent foundation which gives hope for a better future for the children and adults affected.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

it is perfect

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Barth syndrome Foundation is an amazing organization. BSF helps to fund research for a disease that is not readily known to the general public or to most medical professionals. It reaches out to the families of affected individuals and their families, it helps people to understand the disease and offers support to the families. They have set up a wonderful network for families, affected individuals,and professionals to support, inform and encourage each other. Every two years they organize a conference for the families, medical professionals, and researchers to come together and help each other in finding a cure for this rare disease. This group has helped ease the burden of the families affected

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing charity that helps families with a diagnosis of Barth syndrome. There is always someone willing to talk with you about their experiences or just lend and ear.The number of physicians and scientists who volunteer their time to come to our conference and explain the research they are doing to find a cure and help those affected by Barth syndrome is amazing. I can't imagine how different our lives would be without this foundation, they have saved my son and given me hope for his future.

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3 people found this review helpful

This is an amazing charity that helps families with a diagnosis of Barth syndrome. There is always someone willing to talk with you about their experiences or just lend and ear. The advancements they have made in research since its inception in amazing. I can't imagine being on this journey without the support of the foundation and all its members.

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3 people found this review helpful

BSF is the example to follow when setting up a Foundation. What they have accomplished in 11 years is remarkable. The knowledge and resouces available to families is excellent anf you won't find a tighter knit community than BSF. The willingness of the doctors and scientists who volunteer their time to help families anywhere in the world is amazing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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9 people found this review helpful

Without the BSF my son would probably not be as healthy as he currently is. We have learned from experts that we would have never met before the foundation existed. It is the most sharing, giving, insightful, and caring group I have ever belonged to. It has given me hope that my granddaughters, who could be carriers of BTH, will never have to go through what my sons and family have. We are a fighting a disease that is very rare but we will win!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

We lost our son Alasdair Leonard Gray to Barth Syndrome last year. We had never heard of it. Since then we have been active in fundraising for this wonderful foundation ("trust" in the UK).
Alasdair's dad x

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1 person found this review helpful

I wouldn't wish a child with health problems on anyone, but I am so thankful that we have the support of the Barth Syndrome Foundation. What an honest, inspiring, compassionate, selfless, professional, and personal organization. I have been nothing but pleased and impressed with every interaction I have had with the Foundation in the past 2 years since our diagnosis. The individual families affected by Barth Syndrome truly make up one united family, lifting each other up when needed, providing advice and experience tastefully and tactfully, rejoicing and grieving together. And the Family and Medical Conference is superb! Amazingly pulled off by a small, but wonderful team running BSF and done so well. Cannot say enough good things about BSF! As parents of a son with Barth Syndrome, we so value and appreciate the Foundation for so many reasons.

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2 people found this review helpful

The Barth Syndrome Foundation is the single most important organization for patients and their families with this devastating disease, and critically, also for the doctors and researchers who are investigating this disease. The BSF is incredibly committed and well-run.

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3 people found this review helpful

As a physician-scientist working in the field, I cannot say enough good things about the Barth Syndrome Foundation. Like many worthy non-profit organizations, they focus on a rare but devastating disease. Like many non-profits, they raise money for research and heighten awareness. Like many other non-profits, they are a tight-knit community. What I think sets the BSF apart is the biennial International Scientific, Medical, and Family Conference, which brings together not only scientists, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, but families and patients too. The conference then takes on a personal quality. The science and medicine of the disease we're discussing are intertwined with the personal side, at this truly inspiring conference.
The BSF website is also exemplary.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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