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ASXL Rare Research Endowment Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Medical Research

Mission: Drive evidence-based research and information distribution that will enable ASXL-impacted children to have an improved quality of life. Prevent: Improve medical and overall management of care through early identification of health risks and optimization of treatments Improve: Use evidence-based research to justify medical needs, therapies, services, and equipment needs. Inform: Enable caregivers and providers to be effective advocates

Target demographics: individuals with congential ASXL syndromes

Geographic areas served: all over the world

Programs: basic & clinical research grants and ASXL conferences

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After more than 3 years of searching, fighting, 100's of dr appointments and travelling across the country, my little girl finally had a diagnosis of Bohring Opitz Syndrome (BOS). I had a label, but being the first girl in Canada to be diagnosed with BOS there were no resources, knowledge, or support for us. We were all alone. Everything I described to the specialists since her birth was classic BOS, however they have never heard or seen anything like it, so simply dismissed my concerns.

Every time I go to the hospital (which is often) I have to basically tell the team what I think is wrong and request specific testing, as no one knows about this very medically complex and serious syndrome. It is scary and extremely stressful. So much is unknown, my knowledge of the syndrome comes from experience or other families. These children suffer immensely and any pregnancy can be affected as BOS is due to a spontaneous mutation (not inherited). It is imperative that research is conducted so that these children and future BOS babies can be cared for and live as comfortably as possible.

ARRE is the only foundation dedicated soley to ASXL research. They are working towards ASXL centres of excellence. If you have had a sick family member, you can only imagine how it affects us , having a child with such severe challenges, suffering, and medical complexity with no one to help and no answers.

I struggled immensley to just have an answer as to why my little girl was so sick. Now I struggle to keep up with her changing needs and unpredictable development. I am so grateful for the work ARRE is doing. I can't thank them enough, truly. They are the piece of hope that I so desperately need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ARRE has united a group of families who have a child with an ASXL gene mutation. ARRE has helped us not to feel so alone in a rare diagnosis. This non profit has also given us a voice as well as hope for our children and their futures. ARRE advocates for research and educates families regarding best practices for medical interventions as well as therapeutic interventions. This summer we were able to attend the ARRE Family Meeting and it was an incredible experience to be able to meet other families just like ours!

Donor

Rating: 5

This foundation is wonderful. They helped with getting us to a convention for my son who has BRS. We got so much knowledge from the speakers. It was amazing for our whole family. It was also really cool to be a part of the calendar. Thanks for all that you do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a family with 3 children and one has the Bainbridge Ropers Syndrome. We went to the conference in July In Michigan organised by the Asxl Rare Reasearch Foundation. This conference has been so rich and helpful for us. We learnt many things to help us manage the disease of our son. It has been helpful for the whole family. The organisation was perfect and the conferences gave us precious informations for us. We also had the chance to meet with other families like us which was so important. Many thanks for your help

Danette R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that the ASXL Rare Research Endowment Foundation is about researching this gene. Our son was diagnosed with Bohring-Opitz Syndrome in March 2015 at the age of 15 years old. He has since become a BOS Angel. I believe that the research needs to be done to help other families like ours.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization that is providing much needed resources for families asxl. We attended conference and as a newly diagnosed family it gave us so much valuable information and support we needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ASXL Rare Research Endowment Foundation has been great the last two years in organizing the second ASXL conference. We were able to attend this year thanks the travel scholarship we received. The event was extremely helpful for us helping us leaning more about this rare condition and also for having the opportunity to discuss with the nation experts in the ASXL associated conditions. The opportunity we had of meeting other families affected by this rare condition has been instrumental in our learning of their management of several co-morbidities associated to Bainbridge Ropers. We are extremely grateful for all the resources provided to us in addition to the travel scholarship, like meals, hotel discounts, etc.
Looking forward to next year conference!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was diagnosed with Bohring Opitz Syndrome, a very rare genetic diagnosis, in 2014 at age 11. There are only about 100 children in the world with this syndrome so it is very difficult to find information, connect with other families, and have scientists take enough notice to study our syndrome, both for those currently affected and for future diagnoses. The ASXL Rare Research Endowment Foundation (ARRE) has been an incredible resource for our son and our entire family. Being able to attend conferences, connect with other parents, and learn from some of the experts from around the world has impacted our ability to care for our son and his sisters. I can't wait to see what they bring to us next!!

Julie Chandler L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ARRE foundation has done an amazing job getting funding, awareness, and research done for all of the ASXL genes. My daughter's care is complicated with a lot of nuances and the conferences have been full of experts and other parents that have really helped me stay informed and get my daughter the very best care possible. A huge thank you to everyone involved!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We went to the conference sponsored by ARRE and it was wonderful. For the first time we got to hear doctors that are studying these rare diseases and connect with other parents and families. They are doing a great job!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to say a few words about the ASXL conference the ARRE foundation hosted. Our son has Shashi-Pena Syndrome (ASXL2). We had such a great time meeting other families. It was a great encouragement to see other people dealing with some of the same health concerns and behaviors that we deal with on a daily basis. The speakers were informative and helpful. The food was delicious. The environment was supportive, accepting and encouraging.
We are so blessed to be able to go-especially for free!
We hope to be able to go to future conferences as well.

1 Kelli I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have been there supporting my family since we found out that my son was diagnosed with BOS. They have been kind and understanding and has given us great support

1 Sophie F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter have the mutation ASXL3 one . It is the only association do a recherche about it.

1 Vonnie Iverson S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ARRE Foundation means so much to our family. When my granddaughter was born, no one knew anything about Bohring-Opitz Syndrome. The ARRE Foundation has given us hope! It funds true research to improve the lives of our children.

2 Jerry S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great work being done To raise awareness within the medical community about ASXL syndromes. Only about 300 diagnosed in the world.

3 Gina S.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to the ASXL foundation for giving well needed attention to these rare syndromes.

2 Sheri B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARRE brings research and families together! My family and I were so proud to be apart of ARRE's first annual conference this past July. It was an event that involved learning from top medical geneticists about current research, bio-banking, and meeting other families that share our experiences. This is a one of kind nonprofit that focuses on improving the lives of our chronically ill children. Thank you for all you do, ARRE.

2 Michele P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are thankful for non-profits like ASXL, we hope that with continued research we will know more about how we can help our little ones!
Rare diseases, like Shashi-Pena Syndrome-ASXL2 need LOTS of TLC! And of course "ALL" rare disease need TLC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of achievements this organization has had in less than a year since its beginning is nothing short of outstanding! I am so proud to be part of its journey!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARRE does so much to help people affected by the ultra-rare ASXL syndromes! They help families connect, help caregivers be better advocates and help bring much-needed awareness to medical professionals.

2 Suzanne D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Arre Foundation is so important for families with children with an ASXL mutation, because they bring researchers and so knowledge together which is very important to understand more about these syndroms! The first conference in July 2018 was a very big succes and brought families from all over the world toghether. Such a meet-up is of great value for all the people who are a part of the children with these rare mutation, because so little is told in literature and this way we can all learn from eachother! Therefore it’s so important that this Foundation excists, so if you are thinking about foundraising, please think about the Arre Foundation!

Thank you!

Suzanne Driessen
Coen’s (Bohring Opitz Syndrome) mom.