Barth Syndrome Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   78 reviews

Issues: Health, Philanthropy

Location: 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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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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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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2 people found this review helpful

BSF is an amazing foundation. They are an invaluable resource to those of us with families affected by Barth syndrome.

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2 people found this review helpful

Life before BSF can be characterized by one word, isolation. Isolation from informed doctors and researchers, from necessary services, from other affected boys and families, and from support of any nature.
Life since BSF can be characterized by one word, teamwork. Teamwork amongst doctors and researchers, services providers, affected boys and their families, and support from all involved!
BSF is HOPE, for a treatment, a cure, for a better life for all our boys/young men!

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

Include discussion and possibilities for the participation of, and services for the young adult population of BSF.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved in a number of volunteer organizations and have to say the BSF group is quite outstanding. Started from a small set of dedicated volunteers, this group went from being concerned parents to a highly professional organization that is driving research and results for the affected population around the world. Everyone involved cares deeply about the families and the affected boys and men, and it shows in everything they do. As a parent, I know I always have the backing of the organization and if my affected son ever gets into trouble, he will be able to get help from the world's experts on this condition. As a donor I know my funds are well spent and leveraged for maximal effect. As a volunteer I know every hour I can spend makes a difference. I have learned and grown with this organization, both as a volunteer and as a family member of an affected individual. I can't thank them enough.

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

Find a way to get the members together more often, especially the affected individuals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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4 people found this review helpful

Those who have been touched in any way by this rare (but way underdiagnosed) disease understand how inportant this work and our support are.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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7 people found this review helpful

I met Lindsay Groff through a mutual friend and she introduced me to the Barth Syndrome Foundation (BSF). I didn't know much about the foundation but she really inspired me to want to know more. I explored on the website and found out more about the disease. When Lindsay asked me if I was interested in volunteering to help out the organization I jumped at the opportunity. I think the foundation is great. There aren't a lot of resources out there for this particular disease and I think the BSF is making huge strides to help in the fight. This foundation may be small but they have a huge voice. I'm very proud to say I could help out the BSF.

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4 people found this review helpful

Barth Syndome Foundation is a FAMILY of HOPE & LOVE that is centered around boys affected with Barth. This family consists of the boys, their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, doctors, researchers, volunteers and more. I became involved because my husband does research on Barth. I was welcomed immediately & felt a tremendous desire to help. BSF focuses on finding a cure while loving these boys & their families through the process- connecting real people with resources, friendships & lifeline.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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