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Trisomy 18 Foundation

Rating: 4.82 stars   74 reviews 8,101

Nonprofit Issues:

Health

Address:

Administrative Office 4491 Cheshire Station Plaza, Suite 157 Woodbridge VA 22193 USA

Mission:

T18F is dedicated to making Trisomy 18 a preventable and treatable condition and ensuring that all parents have access to compassionate and knowledgeable care that respects the humanity and potential of their child diagnosed with Trisomy 18.

Target demographics:

families and their children impacted by Trisomy 18

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 10,000 families

Geographic areas served:

United States, Canada, International

Programs:

Trisomy 18 Patient Education, Legacy Pages Program, Peer Support Communities, Accelerating Research into Potential Therapies and Preventions, and Community Events and Awareness Days.

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810-867-4211
www.trisomy18.org

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Reviews for Trisomy 18 Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Words cannot begin to express how deeply grateful I am that I found the Trisomy18 Foundation. When I was 6 months pregnant we discovered that my identical twin girls both had trisomy 18. One twin had obvious physical abnormalities that would be incompatible with life if no surgical intervention was done (which no MD would do once the T18 diagnosis was given), and the other showed no physical problems in utero, which led us to want to continue the pregnancy and give our girls every possible chance at survival. The foundation, first and foremost, allowed me to connect with other families who had been through similar experiences, which was huge for me because I felt so alone with this diagnosis- I had never heard of Trisomy 18 before and neither did any of my friends or family members. This proved even more important for me after we lost our twins after birth because what helped me most with the grieving process, even now- 7 years later, was connecting with other parents who had been through this too. Even now I have awesome lifelong friendships with moms who have gone through my similar experience. We contact each other when we need support, and we've been able to share our lives and experiences with each other as we deal with life going on after the death of our children.
And I cannot say enough about the foundations president, Victoria Miller. The care and compassion she gave is in our darkest and scariest times made such a world of difference. She even called me personally and gave me tips and advice on how to advocate for my baby girls when they were born. She was absolutely amazing!
Although my girls didn't live long in this earth after they were born, the Trisomy 18 Foundation has been a life saver for me and I am thankful every day that myself and countless other families out there continue to have it as a resource.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My daughter Alyssa was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, six years ago. We quickly looked for information and what we found on most sites was discouaging. The Trisomy 18 foundation provided us with hope. The information was accurate, encouraging, and clear. Alyssa has full Trisomy 18 and will celebrate her seventh birthday in two weeks. I am an advocate for my daughter and often direct medical professionals and others to the Trisomy 18 foundation site. It's important that medical providers and families to know that these babies can survive and lead meaningful lives. We have a blog wndrfllymde@blogspot.com , with a Trisomy 18 diagnosis there is still a world full of possibilities. Thank you Trisomy 18 foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When my daughter was first diagnosed in utero with T18 I had no idea what it was. My husband and I quickly searched online for anything we could find to obtain more information. We came across this great organization and learned so much. The comforting thing was that there were many families at different stages and we spent hours pouring through their individual stories. I'm glad that this organization provides valuable information for families.

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Rating: 1 stars  

This foundation does not support families of living children. They are focused on eliminating trisomy 18 which includes funding for abortion supporting organizations. Donations made do not help families with living trisomy 18 children in any way. The "founder" and her insiders are getting rich off donations while we fight all alone for care for living children. I'm ashamed to have such an awful "Foundation" represent trisomy 18.

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t18f-admin (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We are saddened that you are not receiving the type of support you might have wish for from the Foundation, but we do take some solace from the fact that your point of view is rare in our experience. That doesn't mean your views don't matter, just that it does not point to a systemic problem affecting lots of families. You clearly have some strong beliefs about not supporting abortion. We can assure you that we have never provided funding to any organizations that hold those beliefs, or to ANY other organization as we are not a grant-making organization. We also do not accept any funding from pro-life or pro-choice organizations or any organization with a political agenda. All the records of those individuals and small businesses funding the Foundation and all our financial statements are publicly available for your review in our annual IRS 990 filings through many public sites and Guidestar.org, including the names of all major donors or organizations who may have donated more than $5000 in any given year. As those filings will show – we have received no funding that your beliefs would find objectionable. We are a small nonprofit, both in terms of staff and overall annual funding. We hope as we have greater levels of funding, we can continue to expand our programs’ impacts in ways you can value and respect – if not for yourself personally, at least for the impacts it has in the lives of others who do value the role T18F has played in their lives. Although our services and programs are free to the public, they are not without costs. We do pay expenses to those who provide technical and professional services to the Foundation, but that does not include exorbitant salaries for our Founder or any staff. We can assure you that no one is getting rich working for the Foundation, far from it. We wish we could do more for more people, but with limited staff and funding, there will always be more that we wish we could do, and do better for many more people. But all of our public support goes directly to fund the costs associated with our programs, as our public filings demonstrate. We hope you will take the time to review those documents and get the facts. Our 501(c)(3) status does not allow us to give direct grants to individuals, but thankfully there are many local and state-based social services and disability groups that can have more direct impact on individual families’ in need and we regularly assist families in connecting with those resources. We are proud of all our families and their children -- whether they are currently living, passed from our lives or yet to be born. They are ALL Trisomy 18 families passing through different stages of their experience with Trisomy 18 an it's impacts.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Trisomy 18 Foundation was established shortly after we lost our daughter to the disorder in 2003. I have followed their efforts for many years, and have often thought how much help such an organization would have been during our time with our daughter. Their work is important and life-changing!

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1 person found this review helpful

I must say your organization thus far helped me in many different, my Niece Ava Grace was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 and was born a sleeping Angel on February 10, 2014. Your organization helped in ways of how to give support through the grieving process , I didn't know much of the diagnosis you all provided so much information and helped me to be a support to our Angel Mommy which is my Baby Sister, living this experience with her changed me in so many ways and has changed our life's for ever. Every life counts, everyone deserves a chance. God bless every single person in your organization and May God Bless all of our Angel Parents. And thank you for answering God's calling and for saying yes to life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

T18 foundation is an amazing place to get support when facing such an overwhelming diagnosis, loss and struggle. After years of suffering a heartbreaking life changing event they still pick me up. They are a great team.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I lost my daughter to trisomy 18 on November 25th 2009. I delivered her stillborn 3 days before her due date. The trisomy 18 foundation has helped me on so many levels. It's comforting to know that I'm not alone. You always think "that can't happen to me" , but it most definitely can. I wish more people knew about trisomy 18 and this foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

By far the most instrumental tool in a large bag of methods for my life long healing process.

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5 people found this review helpful

I am not much of a writer or a reader however this organization taught me the intense value of both. When I was pregnant and was first told that my baby had a chromosomal disorder, my genetic counselor shared this website with me. In my life I would have never thought that writing and reading would be a lifeline that could help bring me from a depth of despair to comfort and acceptance with lifelong friendships gained. The from the heart sharing of pain as well as medical experiences gave me the sense that I was eventually going to get through it. How can I give trisomy18.org the proper acclimates it deserves. With forever gratitude!
Much love,
Emerson's mom

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1 person found this review helpful

After learning of our son Aden's T-18 diagnosis, we did a lot of research. This group of amazing people were an invaluable resource to our family. We are blessed by their wonderful support and information during this time. (Aden 5/1/08 full T18)

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