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Barth Syndrome Foundation Inc

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Address:

2005 Palmer Avenue #1033 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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 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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7 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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The community is tight-knit, knowledgeable, and inclusive. The Foundation includes not only the patients and their families but also scientists, physicians, and others taking care of Barth patients, all working together - and I mean really together - to cure Barth Syndrome. I believe the single "jewel" that epitomizes this Foundation is the biennial international conference they organize, which brings together patients, their families, and scientists from around the world to make headway into this devastating disease.

 
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The Barth Syndrome Foundation is an incredible organization whose professional members - scientists, physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, physical therapists and others - freely interact with patients and their families, all focused on finding effective treatments for this rare disease. Though small, the Foundation manages to fund research (several projects every year!), host an biennial scientific and family conference that draws an international audience, and provide a vast support network for patients and families. The connectedness felt among all in the Foundation - from the sickest infants to the young men who have survived all challenges, to their parents and families, to those working towards a cure - is unlike anything I've witnessed in any other professional organization.

 
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3 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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4 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?

Very Well

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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I would be totally lost without the advice, support and knowledge of this group. In the 16 years since it was decided to establish the foundation we are already heading into clinical trials to treat this horrible syndrome. Thank you to everyone involved

 
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I do not know where I would be without the foundation. They have helped me numerous times with advice about my son that has made a difference in his care. The foundation is actively looking for a treatment or cure for Barth syndrome and I am confident they will find one.

 
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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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4 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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4 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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10 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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Connecting with the Barth Syndrome Foundation changed our lives.

We are parents of two boys. Max (now 7) and Brady (now 6). Before joining the BSF community, we had noticed that Max had low muscle tone and after a few years of research finally got a Barth diagnosis for him. Brady on the other hand, showed none of the symptoms.

Once the diagnosis achieved, we still had little input as to what to do to help Max. We saw many doctors, all very nice and keen to help. But at the end of the day, a lot of the work went towards monitoring, and little of it towards helping/improving.

After connecting with BFS, we felt like we had finally met 'our people'! Parents sharing stories and observations. Doctors providing recommendations that we could pass along to Max's doctors. Friends caring for each others.

We now finally feel that we can help our Max. He is a wonderful 7 year old, full of curiosity and wit. It's a great feeling and we are convinced that through the persistence of BSF and the network with our doctors, a cure will be found.

 
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I am 100% certain my son would not be where he is today without the Barth Syndrome Foundation. They have a listserve for parents of affected boys to communicate globally about nuances of the disease. They have two DNA registries which are helping researchers work towards a cure. They have a bi-annual conference that is both for families and scientists to meet and share information/data about the disease. They support and recognize all the members who do fundraisers to help find a cure for our boys. It is truly a world class foundation and I am so proud to be a part of it.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My son has Barth Syndrome and the Barth Syndrome has not only saved his life through proper diagnosis of his disease but they continue to fight for a cure with cutting edge research. Heart on a chip using Barth Syndrome boys own IPS cells and replacement enzyme therapies are being studied to hopefully find a cure someday. The boys, families, doctors and scientists are all truly amazing! Parents of these boys raise alot of the money for the foundation by breaking boards in karate, fencing, grass volleyball, bowling, poker, bingo, jewelry sales, Iron-man races among many others.

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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Thanks to the Barth Syndrome Foundation's website for making us aware of our son's condition before the Doctors even diagnosed him! I truely believe BSF helped save my son's life! Here is our story: My son was in the hospital for 2 weeks at 3 months of age with failure to thrive and he had stopped eating by mouth. He had a NG tube put in and medications giving after finding out he was in heart failure. The subject of a heart transplant was brought up but his heart responded to the medication. Through blood tests we also found he was neutropenic so putting all the pieces together we searched the internet every chance we could and came upon a number of diseases. We narrowed it down to Barth Syndrome and then asked for the specific DNA test to confirm it. We were denied the test because the urine test was not conclusive for Barth Syndrome. The Barth Syndrome Foundation let us know the urine test is not always a good indicator so we kept fighting for a DNA test and finally received one. Later we received a letter which was an official apology from the genetics doctor at the hospital who had initially refused the DNA test to us. The Barth Syndrome Foundation to this day stands with us, educates us, comforts us and prepares us for the road ahead. At their bi-annual conference in Florida, which we have attended two so far, we have met so many other boys affected by this dreadful disease and that has brought us the most hope of all!

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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I've been involved with BSF for about 10 years now and I can't speak highly enough of this great organization. For a small group focused on a rare genetic condition, it's amazing to see the impact they have. The Foundation has raised millions of dollars for research into Barth syndrome, has raised awareness among the medical community and is always there for parents in need.

 
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My experience as a board member for Barth Syndrome Foundation has been exceptional. The family services the organization provides and the quality of the research it funds are phenomenal for a rare genetic condition. I just returned from our international conference, which brought together affected individuals, researchers, doctors and other medical professionals, and friends and family members. It's a uniquely enriching experience for everyone who is part of our Barth "family".

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?

2014

 
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I'm so proud to be a BSF board member. Our organization uses its limited resources very well. Our focus on finding treatments and a cure for Barth Syndrome are always foremost in our minds at the Board level. We dedicate ourselves to the boys with Barth and to their families every step of the way.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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As a board member, I've been impressed by how much BSF does with its limited resources and the sense of family and community that BSF fosters. The mission is very clear to everyone - we will never stop working to find a cure for Barth Syndrome. In the meantime, we will provide support for families, educate the medical community about Barth and fund critical research that leads to improved treatments. BSF has only been in existance for less than two decades but it has made a world of difference in the lives of those with Barth and their families.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The people with the foundation go far beyond what is asked. Not only do they do their jobs, they become family. They love & care about each one of the families affected by this disease.
Cannot thank them enough!!!

 
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Being the parent of a child with a rare disease of less than 200 known affected males makes for a very isolating and lonely scenario... Being told by countless doctors that they have never heard of the condition, even more so.
But thanks to Barth Syndrome Foundation, they close that gap.
They provide endless information and support. They connect the families which are scattered over the world.
The information provided to families and physicians by BSF is invaluable and at times lifesaving. And now, thanks to BSF, we are even on the verge of a possible breakthrough treatment! I cannot say enough about BSF, my extended family. In a world where my son is extraordinary, this is the one place to come where he can feel ordinary.

 
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We will always be so grateful for Barth Syndrome Foundation.
More than seven years ago, our journey began in a way that the majority of this world will be lucky enough to never experience.
The future was bleak and we felt very alone.
Our newborn was in heart failure and given a very poor prognosis. He was placed under hospice care at 45 days old until the age of 15 months when he overcame.
Along the way, Christopher has defeated many odds and obstacles, including hospice, a stroke and a current medicine regimen of thirty two doses a day and two injections a week.
Throughout it all, he remains positive and happy. Our faith has carried us through many dark times.
And Because of Barth Syndrome Foundation, we have been given HOPE, a support system and life saving information.
We no longer feel so alone being able to interact with other families with similar daily challenges.
Our BSF family is the best part of this horrific diagnosis.
We are blessed to be given HOPE through seeing the older boys and men grow stronger and be productive members of society and even start families of their own!
Together, the efforts of Barth Syndrome Foundation, the supporters and scientists who are tirelessly dedicated to our guys, we have tangible HOPE of several possible treatments for which there are currently none.
We have HOPE for a cure someday.
Because of Barth Syndrome Foundation, a once 100% fatal diagnosis now before the age if three has HOPE for a prolonged survival rate.
We feel that Barth Syndrome Foundation has played a role in the survival of our own son.
But there's still so much to be done.
We are still suffering the loss of some incredibly precious men and boys.
We have HOPE for a future in which Barth Syndrome never cause suffering or loss of life again.
We have HOPE that each boy will receive a diagnosis that will undoubtedly help their chances of survival and quality of life.
We HOPE that you will join us this giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in supporting Barth Syndrome Foundation. What will YOU give?
www.barthsyndrome.org

 
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We are so glad that we found BSF! We were warmly welcomed into what is commonly referred to as a family. I see why the BSF is described as such and is composed of families, physicians, scientists, donors and volunteers around the world.. This overwhelming, mind boggling disease has a group of warm, caring, compassionate and INFORMED people. It is such a reassuring feeling to know there are others who have been exactly where we have been.

We all have such a unique story, yet they are all very similar. If someone is newly diagnosed with Barth syndrome, contacting BSF is a MUST! There you can find lifesaving information and support beyond expectations

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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From the moment our son was diagnosed with Barth Syndrome, BSF has been there for us. With every step of the way on this journey,we know we can lean on BSF for expertise, support and understanding. Someone once said to me that living with a child with Barth Syndrome is like living in a constant state of terror, waiting for something to happen every day. Barth Syndrome foundation makes this live easier to face every day. BSF gives us hope and tools to deal with it. You will never find a group of more dedicated parents and professionals.

 
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The Barth Syndrome Foundation has made such a difference to our lives. I feel we owe the health of our son to their hard work and determination. They offer so much help and support and for a rare disease with only approximately 200 boys affected world wide they have incredibly got to the stage of starting clinical trials in the very near future. They are amazing.

 
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The Barth Syndrome a Foundation provides wonderful
Support and immeasurable hope. It gives families from all over
the world a place to connect with each other and share the happiness and sadness
that comes with this often fatal and very rare disorder. The conference
put together biannually by BSF is one if the most incredible
experiences a boy with Barth and his family can have. For a non-profit that supports
a syndrome that is so very rare it is very mighty and in a short space of time
it has funded research so we now have hope that our boys will grow to be
Men.

 
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8 people found this review helpful

With out BSF I would be isolated and lost. My eldest son was born with Barth Syndrome and the doctors knew so very little about it. The foundation has enabled us to reach out and speak with people who just understand. It is such a comfort to know that somebody else just "gets it". It is also wonderful to know that there are so many wonderful people who at the click of a button will be there to share their knowledge and lend their support. I will never forget the first conference we attended when my son saw other Barth Boys for the first time and tall ones at that! It was like all of his Christmas's had come at once. The change in him was amazing. A small group of people have made a very big impact and I am so very grateful to them.

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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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