TRISOMY 18 FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.86 stars   58 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 77-0600393
810-867-4211
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the beginning month of Jan.2012 we were informed that our baby boy was diagnosed with full Trisomy 18. He was still born on March 11.This was my second pregnany in a row with a T18 diagnosis. I was pregnant last year with a baby girl with full T18 also. We lost her at 16 weeks gestation. The Trisomy 18 foundation website helped me realize I was not alone through this journey. Having a baby diagnosed with this terrible condition is so devasting. When you are told by several doctors that it is such a rare condition and hospitals only see 3-5 T18 babies born every year and the treatment involved you have no were to turn except the internet. You can't pick up the phone and talk to someone in your area to help you through this, but I have met so many others that had to go through this same thing through T18. We need to help raise awareness for T18 and all the families affected by this. Thank you Trisomy 18 Foundation.

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I was 5 months pregnant and my baby girl was diagnosed with trisomy 18. I had NO IDEA what that was. I went online and found the Trisomy 18 foundation. It gently explained to me what it was and what to expect. No one in my my personal life knew what trisomy 18 was. It was hard for them to understand what I was going through. I went on the forums and WHAT A BLESSING IT WAS. I didn't feel alone, everyone in the forum would give encouragement.I would be on the website anywhere from 5-10 times a day. It was so much help. When my daughter was born I would go to trisomy 18 website and get all the help I needed when it came to questions regarding care of her and improving her quality of life. When she passed away 11months later I was provided sympathy from fellow mother's and fathers who had gone through the same thing. Trisomy 18 foundation is a miracle and. Blessing from God.

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Our angel Alex was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 shortly before he passed away in utero at 18.5 weeks. We got the news at 12 weeks that his spine was not closing and that there were a few things not developing properly. He stopped growing at 12 weeks but still managed to fight to almost 19 weeks. This site has helped me through dealing with our journey of Trisomy 18. This Nov. 25 will be his 7 angel birthday! He now has 2 younger siblings Jasmine and Brandon who are as healthy as can be. I miss him everyday and think on how he is watching over us. I know he visitis his siblings often :o)

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The Trisomy 18 Foundation provides an excellent resource for families who have received the devastating news that their child has Trisomy 18. Without such a resource, so many families would have a much more difficult time learning about the disease and a much more difficult time meeting other families who are living with the diagnosis. It provides the research but also offers the emotional support that one can after being through the situation first hand.

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My baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 at 16 weeks. I was scared & confused & knew nothing about it. I still remember getting the news that my blood work came back abnormal & I was asked to come in the next day for more testing. I didn't have a clue about what I was just told. I quickly searched the internet & the Trisomy 18 Foundation was such a blessing. I was terrified at what I read but at the same time I found comfort knowing that there were other families who were going through the same thing. The foundation provided my family and I a place to find comfort and knowledge that nobody else could provide for us. It provided answers & wisdom to prepare for the unknown. We were able to educate our family & friends about what our baby was diagnosed with & what lied ahead of us. Our baby boy passed away at almost 20weeks. Nothing can ever prepare you when you lose a child but when I feel alone, I know I can always count on the Trisomy 18 Foundation. Its where I can go & see how other families are doing & give me a spirit of hope and know that one day I will get to hold my baby again. We love you Charles Adam Martinez! My sweet little angel, you are free from pain & protected by our heavenly father & loved by many!

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Trisomy 18 foundation was a God send. When I was pregnant with my first child I was told at 5 months he had Trisomy and when I recieved further testing it was confirmed he had Trisomy 18. I had no idea what this was and no outlet; but after reasearching this I stumbled upon this foundation's website. Not only could i talk to other woman that were going thru what I was going thru but I could also get advice and read other mother's stories. This foundation really helped me to learn that there were other answers beside aborting my child at 5 months. I truly love this site! With this disease being so hush-hush and not spoken about you can really get the feed back and support you need! From Marlina M.

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I found out that my son, baby to be due Jan 26 has T-18, I had no clue what it was or where to go just that the Doctors said I should abort an gave me no hope, I found the trisomy 18 website an was just blown away on what it says. It helped me understand what to expect an where to look for more resoucres an how to try an cope, I got to read others stories an know that I'm not alone, Since I reached out I have made a special friend who lost her baby girl this july an she has been so helpfull. I'm ver thankful this foundation is here to help an I will be going to confernces an helping others an relying on help from them. thanks Patricia Walker

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My eldest daughter's first-born was diagnosed with Trisomy. She visited with us for 11 days before she left to be held by Jesus. The heartbreak that followed was extremely painful, beyond words painful. Of course all of us were ignorant of what Trisomy was, how it affected the newborn, whose fault ... Yes, whose fault. What a terrible burden to bear. The Trisomy 18 Foundation, their website, and the knowledge that was shared allowed my daughter to move on (never forgetting) but moving towards a new life that was born a boy. He is perfectly normal and is now enjoying his first year in school. It's been 7 years since she visited ... she will never be forgotten, she will always have our hearts.

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I absolutely love and support this organization! My sister in law just recently went thru the heartbreak of losing a child to Trisomy 18. I like so many others had never heard of Trisomy 18, but it changed our lives! I feel it is very important to get information out so people will know that it exsists and that there needs to be research done to help find a cure! My beautiful niece Ava Grace made it to almost 4 months, and I will never believe or accept the statement that she was not compatible with life! Thank you and keep up the good work!

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We were told early on that there could be something catastrophic with our son and it was at about 20 weeks that the diagnosis of Trisomy 18 was confirmed. The devastation of this diagnosis for our first, and much wanted and beloved, son is nearly impossible to convey. There were so many moments that I was not sure if I could survive the pain, both during and after our time with our son. The Trisomy 18 Foundation gave us a forum to express our love, our fears and our need for support. They linked us with parents who have come to be some of our closest and lifelong friends. They also provided us a permanent memorial place for our son, which has meant the world to us (http://www.trisomy18.org/goto/Oliver.Paul).

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