Cure Jm Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   117 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 836 Lynwood Dr Encinitas CA 92024 USA

Mission: Cure JM's mission is to provide support for families coping with JM, raise awareness of JM, and fund research that will ultimately lead to a cure.
Results: Thanks to the Juvenile Myositis community, family and friends, Cure JM has: Raised over $8 Million through grassroots fundraisers throughout the country Helped establish and continue to fund two JM research centers: one at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Cure JM Program of Excellence in JM Research) under the direction of Dr. Lauren Pachman; the other at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Helped secure a 4-year grant totaling $1.9 million from NIH in 2010 for the Chicago team due to the progress already underway at the Cure JM Program of Excellence in JM Research Funded a research study with Duke University and CARRA to determine the best treatment approaches for JM Funded the first-ever book about JM, "Myositis and You", written by over 100 doctors Provided eight educational forums where leading JM researchers spoke to families and facilitated four JM educational forums for medical community Created targeted educational materials (video and welcome kit) for newly diagnosed families Garnered local and national media attention…at least 500 local newspaper articles and 100 television stories Connected over 2,200 families in 32 different countries to provide mutual support in their battle against JM – includes having regional JM family support representatives in the U.S. Created grandparent support and advocacy network Provided a comprehensive website, and active message board where families can post questions and connect with other families affected by JM Provided welcome kits, brochures and videos for JM community Provided guidance to families to help them navigate the health care system and work with insurance companies, doctors, schools... Engaged with 13,000+ followers in social media community
Target demographics: families and patients dealing with Juvenile Myositis (JM). Including Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) and Juvenile Polymyositis (JPM).
Direct beneficiaries per year: educate and support families coping with Juvenile Myositis; educate medical professionals about JM; fund research studies into causes and best treatments of JM, including helping to fund two JM research centers.
Geographic areas served: across the world
Programs: Cure JM Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) and Juvenile Polymyositis (JPM), the rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases collectively known as Juvenile Myositis (JM). Approximately 2 to 4 children in a million in the United States are diagnosed with JM each year. Cure JM's mission is to provide support for families coping with JM, raise awareness of JM, and fund research that will ultimately lead to a cure.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Cure JM has been a lifesaver for my daughter and myself since the diagnosis of my granddaughter a little over two years ago. Hearing that she had juvenile dermatomyositis was confusing and frightening and Cure JM helped us with lots of information as well as a book. We have made lots of connections and helped raise funds for Cure JM, alongside many other families in the same situations. The conferences are a great place to connect and learn more. I am continually impressed with the determination and heart of Cure JM and the research that is being funded for a cure. I support this organization wholeheartedly and will not stop until we Find A Cure!!

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My daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis in 2010. I searched for information, but the only real information that I found was on Cure JM's web site. After a while I discovered that they are the ONLY organization that is searching for a cure specifically for the juvenile population. This non-profit is run by people that have ALL been affected by this disease. They are not just looking for money- they are truly searching for a cure. Their proceeds from their fundraisers go directly to the doctor's that are researching. Not to mention their Facebook private group for family members and people suffering have helped to draw the community closer and further educate the affected population. This non-profit has been a Godsend for us and so many others!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Now that Cure JM is coming up to their 10th anniversary, I am delighted to see that they have not wavered in funding research, educating families and the medical profession and raising awareness. I wish I could give them 10 stars instead of 5. They deserve it.

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This all volunteer organization continues to grow. Talk about the
"little engine that could"! Parents and grandparents find time to
fundraise on top of being full-time care givers. I pray for the
day that more research will find a cure. Then we will all shout
"Take that JDM!!!"

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

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the very best, hardest working and dedicated group of volunteers I have ever seen. Accomplishments in 7 years? Amazing!
Besides research, the book Myositis and You ant the video for families in shock with this diagnosis, Cure JM has been a blessing in educating the medical profession and families coping with this debilitating disease.

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My grandson has been helped by the doctors in different states working together in coordinating his medicines and treatments and connecting us with other families fighting the disease.

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

We need more fundraisers to continue our research in finding a cure.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A foundation that gives families hope, knowledge, and love when a JM diagnosis turns your life upside down. I don't know what I would of done after my daughter was dx last year if it wasn't for this foundation. I was lost, and I am so thankful I had somewhere to turn.

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The Cure JM Foundation is a volunteer-managed organization dedicated to finding a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM). JM is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune conditions affecting approximately 17,000 children in the United States alone.This foundation gives hope and support to familes that have to deal with JM.

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My daughter was diagnosed with JM two months ago and being a very rare disease we knew nothing about it, and knew of no one who had it. I came accross The Cure JM Foundation through a google search and reached out to them for help. Not only did they help me understand more about the disease but they helped me come in contact with other families dealing with this disease. It has been an amazing blessing having this foundation as a resource. They have inspired me to raise awareness and fundraise to one day find a cure!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent charity for a wonderful but undeserved cause.

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My daughter is a victim of this horrible disease and the foundation is an amazing resource!

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I am so thankful for CureJM. I am so blessed to be a volunteer and doner to this nonprofit.

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My son has an autoimmune disease (not JM) but we became familiar with the organization after having a hospital roommate with the disease. I have been very impressed by this grassroots organization, and wish that my son's disease had a support and fundraising network like this one. The strides these parents have made is no less than astounding, with serious contributions made to capital campaigns for serious research, networking between the affected children and parents, and providing a knowledge base that rivals some of the more well documented and supported chronic diseases. As a parent with a child who had a related illness, I have also benefited from this knowledge base, as many of the drugs and "tips" are the same. As a volunteer organization, it is well managed, and a labor of love, not burdened by ad campaigns or employee salaries. Your contribution makes a real impact on an underfunded, under-recognized, serious childhood disease here where it is needed most. As an "orphan" disease it receives little to no funding from government or healthcare sources. Supporting cure JM can really make an enormous impact, and for that reason, we are donors and supporters.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

connecting with other parents, and firsthand contact with the researching doctors at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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

keep the grassroots effort and feel, while trying to help them increase awareness. They are doing a great job with very limited resources.

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