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Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation Inc

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Causes: Health, Specifically Named Diseases, Specifically Named Diseases Research

Mission: Through research, education and family support, we have ONE MISSION: END AHC. Our mission is to find the cause(s) of AHC, develop effective treatments and ultimately find a cure, while providing support to the families and children with AHC by funding research to accomplish these goals. Secondarily, we strive to promote proper diagnosis, educate health care professionals, the public and related organizations, encourage the worldwide exchange of information and advance the development of an international database of all AHC patients.

Results: We have grown from a grass roots organization to a global foundation, helping families around the world with AHC. We have the largest database of AHC families in the world including a biobank and Red Cap database. We are recognized as the leader in AHC research and Family support and are always looking for ways to improve our presence and fulfill our mission.

Target demographics: All those diagnosed with Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1) AHC families by directing them to available resources, connecting them to experts in the field, and providing them with the most up to date information available regarding AHC research and advances for daily care of an AHC patient, 2) School and Health care professionals by educating them about AHC, 3) Researchers by providing over $250,000.00 in grants to move the research forward.

Geographic areas served: The United States

Programs: 1) Raise money for research to find a treatment and a cure, 2) Host a Biennial Family Meeting, 3) Educate the medical community and the public, 4) Spread awareness through social media, 5) Support families, 6) Maintain an interactive website for information and resources.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was told my daughter had Alternating Hemiplegia of childhood, I did not believe it. I googled information about this condition and it did not sound like my child. I was confused and frustrated. I contacted AHCF through email. i told them about my child and her symptoms. I received an email and we scheduled a phone call. A leader in AHCF called me and took her time to listen to my daughter's story. I explained her episodes and symptoms. i was reassured that these were all part of AHC. My questions were answered and we were welcomed into this group.
I was happy to learn of a Facebook support group and made wonderful friends. We3 can ask a question and everyone wants to help out. I never feel alone with the frustration of this disease. My daughter started to ask why her body did this. She was happy to hear that others go through this too.
We attended a family meeting this past summer. We felt so welcomed and excited. My daughter was able to meet other kids like her. We learned so much information that weekend. most of all we learned we are not alone. We also learned we are part of a wonderful organization that wants to find answers and hope for all of our children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AHCF is awesome! Love that their mission includes family support and education while researching AHC. Almost all of the money raised goes toward their mission!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My niece was diagnosed with AHC as an infant. She has made such strides since then (she's 9 now!!) I am so proud and grateful to be able to watch her grow. I am also very thankful for this foundation for all of their efforts toward finding a cure. Thank you for all that you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The volunteers that run this organization are so dedicated to finding a cure for kids. Every effort is made to fund research projects and spread away to put an end to this debilitating disorder.

Jade Aliyan S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciate this organization for all of the resources and Direction they gave my family while we were in the process of getting my daughter diagnosed. The ongoing support they provided mentally and emotionally I can never repay. We love them for all that they have provided for us and look forward to a cure for my child and the many other children that suffer from this rare genetic disease.

Marcia Anderson D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the day my daughter was diagnosed with AHC the AHCF has been an incredible source of information and support. When you have a child with a rare disorder being able to reach out to others that have experienced the same thing is so comforting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of a 30 yr old daughter with AHC. Since she was 12, I have had the support, expertise and friendship of a group of dedicated parents, and expert doctors. The AHC foundation helped me understand what AHC so I was able to advocate the right care for my daughter. I have learned to be an advocate, access expert advice and gained life long friends. The AHC foundation encourages parent involvement and offers a family meeting every two years that gives the latest studies to find a cure for AHC. My daughter's quality of life has been improved because we as family are involved in Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation

Client Served

Rating: 5

AHCF has been a lifeline for my family dealing with a rare (1 in a million) neuro disease when even the big research hospitals near us knew very little about how our life would change caring for our beautiful daughter diagnosed at 2 yrs with Alternating Hemiplegia of childhood.

They keep updating the website making it more and more user friendly as well as keeping updating articles and research information links on the website. It is maintained and updated by parents of children with AHC making it even more useful for other families as well as doctors who might not know much about this very rare condition.

Thank you AHCF for all you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

The AHC Foundation is amazing! They are always looking for new ways to raise awareness and funding!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ahcf is an amazing foundation that always strives to find more funds to support research that is so needed.

Shannon104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AHCF continuously strives to raise funds for research

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation continues to put 100 percent effort in to raising money for research to end Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.

Board Member

Rating: 5

AHCF has been a source of support and information from the first day my daughter was diagnosed with AHC in 2014. I sent an email to their website and got an immediate response with info about the disorder, possible doctors in my area, services and an invite to their family meeting later that year. I was so impressed that I joined the board and now work towards finding a cure and helping as many families as possible.

Carol104

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been part of AHCF for many years and they've always been very supportive. This year was a particularly significant in terms of support. My son, who has AHC, was hospitalized for two months and I was put in contact with a neurologist on the medical advisory board to consult with my son's hospital neurologist. The sharing of information and advice was invaluable at a time where local doctors were very confused about my son's condition. Thank you AHCF!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AHCF always has someone to get you the support you need. It has a great panel of physicians advisors and the majority of its fundraising goes to medical research. It's Family Conferences are definitely worthwhile to attend!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My niece deals with AHC. Our family are strong supporters of the Foundation for years. The people are amazing and their drive to help others is off the charts. The education material is also great
Thank you AHC Foundation for all you do and for keeping the fight strong.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization to support!! My niece has a child with this terrible disease and it is so humbling to see what they do for him. Every day is a struggle but they remain positive and do everything in their power to do what is best for him.
They do a golf tourney/fund raiser every year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of people to support! They've been through so much in their lives, but yet remain so strong for those who are challenged with AHC.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great foundation set out to help find a cure for a debilitating rare disease.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic charity organizations for research childhood disease. Helping families support each other for greater cause in same situation.

Donor

Rating: 5

Watching a friends daughter struggle with this disease is frightening at times. Her and others need help through donations!

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to work with this amazing organization. The Board of Directors volunteer hours and hours of their time to help run the organization, support families and raise funds for research. They are transparent and I love that so much of my donation goes directly to research!