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  

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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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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1 person found this review helpful

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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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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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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3 people found this review helpful

When I found out my son had Bath Syndrome it was overwhelming in every way. BSF have been a TOTALLY INVALUABLE resource in so many ways. Clear information for me as a parent, for medical professionals, help with planning school placements and a mine if useful information I didn't even know I would need ! Alongside this the opportunity to hear from other parents, give and receive support and understanding from someone who knows what it like. Via the list serve and also at our local clinic and family fun days. Thank you BSF YOU ARE AWESOME

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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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7 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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2 people found this review helpful

Our son has been living with Barth Syndrome for 21 years. Since the very beginning, when 3 mothers found each other on the Internet, this Foundation has been second to none. To this day, it is, without question, a great source of information, guidance, education & support. In fact, there are two women specifically, Shelley Bowen & Lynda Sedefian, who deserve a loud, long, "Standing ovation"...

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Barth Syndrome Foundation and their affiliate the Barth Syndrome Trust in UK changed my life. I am a mother of a person with Barth Syndrome. The support and information we received from this organisation helped me strongly in finding my way to cope in a better way with this terrible disease.
The doctors of my son get better information about treatments that work and about those that don't work. The BSF finances very important research, that is not only important for patients with Barth Syndrome, but that can be very helpful for other rare diseases and for widelyspread diseases as Alzheimer and neutropenia after cancer treatments. I met other affected families via meetings organised by BSF and many of those families have become real life friends and are more supportive and compassionate than my own family.

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

give them more money to do more good work

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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