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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Family Services, Health, Health Care

Mission: To improve diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for individuals and families affected by von Hippel-Lindau and related tumor conditions.

Results: We serve more than 8000 people in the United States, and over ten thousand more outside the United States, through a network of volunteers and clinical care centers in 26 countries.  We publish materials in 12 languages, and have online support groups in five languages.

Target demographics: Any person affected with VHL or any of the kinds of tumors that occur in VHL, their families, friends, and healthcare professionals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 18,000 in 108 countries

Geographic areas served: national and international

Programs: Toll-free telephone support hotline, online discussion groups in five languages, Quarterly newsletter, national and regional meetings, networking for physicians, clinical care centers, funding for research.  The VHL Handbook revision 4 published in 2013.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I was diagnosed wen I was 18 after 6 long years not knowing what was wrong. Im the only one in my family with the defective gene so realy looking for others like me because you know how it affects every day life. Xx

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a family member of a VHL Warrior. We found VHLA earlier this year when going through another surgery. What a relief! First, the resources available (especially the handbook) have been invaluable! In addition to improving our own knowledge, we've been able to educate doctors in our area thanks to VHLA. Second, the have a connection to a community of caring, kind, knowledgeable, and driven people is extremely comforting. Each person I've had interaction with from VHLA has responded promptly and with genuine care of my personal interest. I feel grateful we have them! If you have to have VHL (or have a family member with VHL), at least you get VHL Alliance too!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with VHL in 1993 and became of the VHLFA shortly thereafter. The VHLFA has been the hub for patient education on the symptoms and monitoring of VHL and the backbone into research and establishing Clinical Care Center. The VHLFA is not only an organization but also a "community" where people can feel like they are not alone in the fight against VHL.

Cathy31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed 19 years ago with VHL and was really lost.. I found the family alliance and found lots of incredible info and so many answers. The VHLFA saved my life. They helped me find the right doctors and have always been there sometimes just to listen.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The VHLFA saved my life. 18 years ago, I was diagnosed with VHL and had no idea what to do next. I called their hotline and was directed to the NIH. The family alliances news letter and website keep me updated on the disease and connected to others with VHL. Joyce the founder is an incredible person who has saved so many of us VHLers both physically and emotionally.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

we are not left alone, this is the most important of all. we are thankful to VHLFA ALLIANCE.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are so grateful for the VHL Alliance. Through resources and forums we get much needed information to our physicians.

Ali B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to this charity i have found out so much more about VHL..My son suffers from it and if it wasnt for this wonderful charity and the people who run it i dread to think where we would be...They are always there to answer questions and offer support . Thanks so much for everything we really appreciate it..

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Mi esposo fue diasnosticado con VHL este ano en Septiembre 2012 y no ha sido nada facil porque el nunca ha sido un hombre de enfermedad. Suponemos que tiene VHL por su madre que murio ya hace 12 y tenia un cyst en el cerebro. Tambien En el mes De Octubre me dijeron que mi hijo mas grande Tambien tenia el disease. Desde que todo esto comenzo me siento dichosa de saber que existe este web donde puedo encontrar mas persona con respuestas a este disease me siento mejor y con mas apoyo. Tambien he aprendido que Dios es muy pero muy grande y que nunca nos desampara. Ahora voy a comenzar a hablar con doctores en mi pais dominican republic acerca de este disease. Si alguien esta interesado en ayudarme con informacion para la republica dominca por favor mandar un email at delacruz1504@gmail.com. Gracias familia

Volunteer

Rating: 0

I am vice president of VHL France. We all appreciate the role taken by VHL Family Alliance in supporting patients and their relatives and in supporting the different country associations in sharing experiences and expertise

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to have the VHLFA as a valued resource and partner in my son's medical care! I am counting on the medical research to lead to a cure for VHL.

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Donor

Rating: 5

VHLFA has been such an awesome resource of support both emotionally and practically! When local doctors wanted to remove my son's adrenal glands, they were there to explain to me why that was not a good course of treatment for someone with VHL. I have also met others with similiar health issues, who have been amazing examples of strength. I value the people involved with VHLFA - it is good to know you don't have to walk this road alone!