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  

Our first child was diagnosed at 24 weeks gestation after a battery of tests. Being our first child, first grandchild for my in-laws, it was crushing and devastating news. We had never heard of such a thing as Trisomy 18 and thought it was something we would go through alone with many questions going unanswered. However, this group has made a world of difference in our understanding, healing and growth. We now have two beautifully healthy and happy children but they know all about their big sister. We celebrate her birthday every year and use her name daily. Thank you so much.

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I lost my baby girl to T18, a syndrome I'd never even heard of before. Through the foundation I gained a knowledge and respect for those affected by it. Not everyone's choices are the same but require respect and understanding. The foundation is there to help those in need of support, and recognition of the efforts of the volunteers and expert advice that is at hand should not go unnoticed. Wherever possible I would like to raise awareness and believe this award would be extremely beneficial in doing just that.

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I am the mother of a baby girl who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. I had Paige Elizabeth Russell on June 11, 2013 via C-section and two days later found out she had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18. We took her off her ventilator on June 26, 2013 and lost her. The people with the Trisomy 18 Foundation have been amazing!! The little things they do, even just talking to you, helps me a lot. I've been dealing with Kristine Shaughnessy and I couldn't have asked for a better person to talk to. I highly recommend this foundation to anyone.

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Not a thing!

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Life-changing

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2013

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I found this page after the loss of my niece. I found comfort in seeing pictures of the other babies, knowing we are not alone in our loss. I enjoy reading about other families, sharing there joy and sadness. This page serves to educate people on something that you normally wouldn't hear of till it hits close to home. Great job! Keep it up!

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Life-changing

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My Daughter - in - law lost a child to Trisomy 18 before she met my son. She still suffers from her loss and always will. I started reading the Facebook articles on the these families. I can't stop. My Heart aches for them. I am so very greatful that I had three healthy children. Most people I s/w don't know what it is, so I can at least spread the word. If you are as lucky as I was, please look it up and do the same. Thank you for listening.

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My brother and sister in law have a son, baby Peter who was a trisomy 18 baby. He lived a very short time. We had a brother who was also a special needs child who died at age 11. We had a cousin with MS.
The Trisomy 18 Foundation has done a tremendous job supporting the needs of a diverse group of trisomy 18 children and families. There are children who like my nephew pass on early. They leave behind the broken hearts that need mending. Trisomy 18 Foundation is very good at making these short lives count for something and have genuine meaning with the tributes on the legacy page. They offer support to families in mourning with other families who have been there and offer true solace and compassion. They offer awareness of the medical condition of Trisomy 18. And they pass along hope and lift up all of us with stories of those affected who are beating the odds and living longer lives. The collective experience of the families gifted with a Trisomy 18 child is channeled productively to three advisory councils, Family, Medical and Research which brings first hand knowledge and experience to families in need, and to professionals who are aided by the insights, knowledge and wisdom acquired. This foundation does important work. All advisory councils do valuable work. Especially important is the guidance that the Trisomy 18 Foundation offers to help to determine what areas of research are needed most to help combat and finally conquer this genetic disorder. I endorse their efforts highly. -James R. Peterson, P.E./M.B.A.

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Work on increasing fund raising efforts at all levels.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my second daughter was born, we had no idea she had Trisomy 18. When she was diagnosed, I felt lost, alone and devastated. The Trisomy 18 Foundation was there for me to create a Legacy page, and to lean on. I continue to get support from this foundation even now... almost three years later.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

My beautiful son was diagnosed with full Trisomy 18 when he was 20 weeks inside me. We never heard about Trisomy 18 and only given few weeks to decide wheater carry to term or termination. The Trisomy 18 Foundation and its forum provide us information and support we need during these difficulty times. We decided to carry the baby to term. Emmanuel was born at 32 weeks and 3 days; lived for 1 hour 41 minutes. We were sad but we are prepared. Thank you Trisomy 18 Foundation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Trisomy 18 Foundation is a wonderful organization to turn to in order to make sense of a sensless situation. Last November we lost our litle Willow Marie at 30 weeks gestation. I then carried her for another 8 weeks while her twin sister (Charley) grew strong and healthy (she does not have T18). The Trisomy 18 Foundation was place to turn to be with others who knew what I was going through. Friends and family were supportive, but could not understand. A year later, I still turn to the foundation.

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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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2012

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