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PMG Awareness Organization, Inc.

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Causes: Brain Disorders, Health, Neurology & Neuroscience, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Our mission is to build a community of support to enhance the lives of those affected by Polymicrogyria through education, advocacy, and promoting awareness.

Results: Since our organization's inception in 2012, we have literally reached thousands of people across the globe. We have successfully built a community of support through our social media reach. Other successes we have shared are, but not limited to, hosting our 2nd Biannual Family Convention in 2018, landed a racing team sponsorship, created and copyrighted our logo and awareness ribbon, provided awareness merchandise for our families, etc.

Target demographics: raise awareness as well as support individuals and their families who are affected by Polymicrogyria

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands due to support from our website and Facebook support groups

Geographic areas served: Newport Beach, California

Programs: an informational website, Facebook support groups, social media presence, Birthday program, Traveling Awareness Bear program, Contact a Family Program, Virtual 5K events, Meetups, Biannual Family Conventions

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit is not only lead by compassionate and dedicated individuals, but it has some of the most amazing families too! PMG Awareness Organization does a wonderful job supporting their families. As a friend of the community, I have watched them grow and thrive! I am so proud of the work they are doing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’m a PMG Dad. We are away from our immediate family and upon learning of our little girls condition, you can only imagine our anxiety. Years ago, I found the organization on Facebook and shared with my wife. This organization has helped us not only have a worldwide community to experience life with, it has also connected us with other families locally. We’ve attended one conference so far, and through that we have been able to grow our PLG family contacts. The board (past and present) works incredibly hard to create value to this organization and for its families. I love this organization and the families that we’ve connected with.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Polymicrogyria is a brain malformation with little research or support for individuals diagnosed with this disorder. Finding PMG Awareness Organization, Inc. after my daughter was diagnosed in 2014 was like finding light in the darkness. The organization has lead me to find other families to connect with and a community to lean which in turn called my heart to serve on the board and be apart of the PMG Awareness Organization's mission. We have developed tools to provide information to help create awareness and host events to bring families together. I am honored to serve on the board and be apart of Unlocking the Mysteries of Polymicrogyria (PMG).

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The PMG awareness organization has been a great place to get information about our sons diagnosis and connect with other parents who understand our life and our child! It has been a great resource for our family to learn more about our sons diagnosis but also for our extended family to learn more about our son! They have been so supporting to our family!

Heather E.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to have found the PMG Awareness Organization! This organization was one of very few places we were able to turn to when we learned our son had a rare disease. PMG Awareness Organization has helped educate our family all about Polymicrogyria and helped us to find an amazing community of families who share similar journeys. The mission and vision of this organization inspired me to want to participate as much as possible. It is my honor to sit on the board and help work toward unlocking the mysteries of PMG.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with PMG at 6mo old and it simply shattered our world. We had no idea what to expect, where to turn, or what to do.

I found the PMG Awareness Organization via web searching and was able to connect with some parents who have been in the "SN World" for a while. They were able to provide me emotional support, helping me find the light at the end of the tunnel. Their years of wisdom gave me hope that we could also do this. That we would be okay and while life didn't look like we expected, it was still going to be beautiful.

I recommend the PMGA Organization to any family facing a terrifying diagnosis of Polymicrogyria. These families are truly amazing and the board and volunteers are always there to help guide you as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with PMG at birth and we found PMG Awareness Organization to be the most wonderful place to connect with other parents who had children with a similar diagnosis as the special needs journey can be so difficult to navigate without a good support system! The knowledge and support we have received by this organization has been amazing!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Initially introduced to the organization as a parent, I was lost. The connection with other diagnosed families, as well as the outpouring of resources that helped my family, made me want to get more involved. I gladly serve now on the Board of Directors with plans to grow this organization to new heights. The team of volunteers has always been motivating and inspiring. I am so thankful to have found this organization, and humbled to be a part of the mission!

Danielle P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Connecting with the PMG Awareness Organization was a true gift after my son was diagnosed with polymicrogyria in September 2016. A painful, confusing diagnosis and I didn't know where to begin. I am truly lucky to have found it and the support that came along with it. Now, I'm lucky to be able to return that favor by volunteering to help other families like mine.

Marissa G. Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMG Awareness Organization helped my family and myself cope and supported us during the darkest of times after our newly diagnosis of Polymicrogyria of our then 5 year old daughter in 2017. After the support I received, it was my desire to become a part of the board of directors and soon because the secretary of the organization which I proudly held. I recently left my position as secretary but hold a volunteer position. This organization and the families it touches are a great support group to all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PMG Awareness Organization has been very supportive and informative from the moment we got our daughter’s diagnosis. Our family would be lost without this organization! I am honored to be apart of a caring and loving nonprofit who is dedicated to helping families like mine!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with PMG when he was 2 years old. It was a huge diagnosis with a bunch of unknowns.
I tried endlessly to locate resources, families, Doctors- anything and anyone that might be able to give me insight on this condition.
I kept coming up short.
That time period for me and and my family was very scary and we felt all alone trying to navigate him in this world.
To name a few of the obstacles- - He wasn’t speaking, his muscle tone was weak, he wasn’t thriving, he had terrible reflux , he had global delays and any and all doctors said he would likely start seizing at anytime. Imagine that.
The doctors also were searching for a syndrome to diagnosis him with and bypassed labeling him with a primary PMG diagnosis.
When my son was 7- I went onto Facebook and found forums forming with families of PMG kids. It was so refreshing to see there was others out there. This was when I found the PMG AWARENESS ORGANIZATION. It has been the best thing that has happened for myself and my family. The information and unknowns I had been searching for were finally coming to light. I was meeting families and reading stories of exactly what My son had and ailments he was going through. I didn’t feel alone any longer.
I saw multiple references to the CMV virus as a cause and not some unknown syndrome or genetics. So many doors of information were opening.
This past summer I decided to bring my son to the convention the Organization hosted. I learned more in those 3 days then i did in the 8 years I was struggling to make sense of it all.
The team leading this organization is top notch and their need and want to educate families is exceptional. They all have lived the PMG life filled with fears struggles hardships and unknowns.
They have a passion to share information, hold your hand, raise awareness and educate. I only wish I could have found them sooner! Their network of resources is growing and I look forward to learning more and sharing in their passion on raising awareness. I live in New York and this area is desperate for awareness- including the top Doctors in the Neurology field. I am eager to see what else I can learn and just as eager to do what I can to help others manage so they don’t have to go through it alone like I did.
This organization is the winning ticket to help make it happen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter is Charlotte. Charlotte is almost 4 years old and was diagnosed with polymicrogyria at 1.5 years old. Last year I happened across the conference that was being held in Denver Colorado and felt the need to go, so I and my daughter and Charlotte jumped on a plane and headed off. The feeling there was that we were with family, and the speakers were amazing. We learned so much and felt so empowered from out new friends. Since then we have gotten Charlottes blood spot card tested and learned that her PMG was caused by the cytomegalovirus. We have since been to a conference on that also, and I have personally been on a champaign, especially where I work (as a labor and delivery nurse), to make change at our hospital in education and towards testing. Im still not sure how far I will be able to take this without legislation to help push it forward, but it is amazing to know that I am doing something that could help another family. Even if its just one person that doesnt have to go through our journey. Its so incredibly helpful to be able to do something. In the next few months, I hope to start working toward contacting legislature representatives. The PMG Awareness Organization was absolutely key in our journey, and are very much like family.

Catrina Dunn B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PMG Awareness is such a wonderful organization. They do so much to support those affected by PMG by bringing awareness, support, education, and advocacy. They just had their 2nd International Convention for families affected by PMG and it was phenomenal! They truly are incredible!

Linda F.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has bilateral Polymicrogyria Perisylvanian with Cerebral Palsy. I cannot explain or put into words how impirtsnt this nit fir profit has been for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization made me feel less alone during some of my darkest days! I found this organization and their Facebook page shortly after getting my daughter’s PMG diagnosis when she was only 3 weeks old. It was a diagnosis we were NOT expecting and it was terrifying. I have learned so much and the support has been a god-send.

1 Rachael J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with bilateral perisylvian PMG at 4 months old, while she was still being cared for in the NICU. All the info I was given by doctors and all the info I could find online was terrifying. I felt alone as this diagnosis is so rare. It wasn't until I found PMG Awareness Organization, Inc that I saw that I want alone. I found happy families thriving with PMG family members. Not only that, the children suffering with PMG were happy and thriving. It gave me the confidence and support I so desperately needed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing people that exemplify a thoroughly informative and compassionate group that unifies all the families involved. This group is very active and supportive of all families from diverse situations. Was a big help for our family as they helped us during a time of deep loneliness while dealing with my son's disability. We feel blessed to have been able to be a part of the groups efforts. So much information and they have a deep desire to help every person in the group. Also great awareness projects through out the year.

Caitlanb

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PMG Awareness was there to hold my hand during the scariest time in my life. I gained a family through this organization. They have helped me in so many ways. I am forever grateful for the support, advice, and comfort.

Terry B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place let's the parents talk to each other & help each other especially when we r having a hard time someone is there to talk to

Julie P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 2 children with PMG. This group has been there for me so much over the past few years. Being able to connect to others going through the same things I go through has been a life saver for me. I felt so alone at times but this group has brought so much awareness to such a rare disease and connected so many people all over the world. PMG awareness continues to do great things and I'm so happy that I have found a family in them. Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been an amazing sense of support in a very difficult time. I love the tremendous effort in raising awareness about our kids. Thank you for all you do!

Nicole Leischner S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with PMG when she was 9 1/2 months old. That was 16 years ago!

PMG has become more widely diagnosed since then but many people, especially in the medical field still are not familiar with PMG. PMGA has made great strides in helping spread awareness!

For us however, the greatest blessing is PMGA having a convention every 2 years to bring families together to meet and connect! The convention they held in Denver in 2018 was the first time our family met another family in person! We met some awesome families and made some great connections!

Jennifer L.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a real challenge when your child has been diagnosed with a condition you have never heard of and can barely pronouce or spell. The first thing many of us do is turn to Google. This is terrifying. The results are often disheartening and focus on clinical term and not the beautiful people who live with PMG every day. Finding this group and its Facebook support group has given me a safe space to express complex and heartbreaking emotions as well as a resource for the complicated medical decisions many of us caregivers have to make every day. I can honestly say this organization has made my road easier and less lonely to walk down. I am very grateful for them and all the work they do promoting PMG awareness and offering support to our community.

Katie C.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

PMGAwareness was the first contact I had after receiving my daughters diagnosis. The family connections that they provided through social media and willingness of other families to connect were tremendously helpful to get through the first part of our journey. They provided information that guided us to find the root cause of our daughters diagnosis (CMV) with weeks to spare before the only way to test for congenital CMV was discarded (newborn screen cards). The support provided to my family encouraged me to become involved in the organization in a deeper capacity. Although I wish this journey on no other parent, I’m so happy that we have an organization to provide families with the right connections and support as we go through this together!

Stacy Benton S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMG Awarenesss organization has been amazing for our family. We have been able to connect with other families around the world that have someone with PMG! We also got to attend our first PMG conference this last July in Colorado. We talked with lots of families and learned new things from speakers. It's like having another close friend/family that understands what you are going through and we are able to be there for each other through good times and bad!!