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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Down Syndrome, Health

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.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

13 Stephanie194

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot begin to express how deeply grateful I am that I found the Trisomy18 Foundation. When I was 6 months pregnant we discovered that my identical twin girls both had trisomy 18. One twin had obvious physical abnormalities that would be incompatible with life if no surgical intervention was done (which no MD would do once the T18 diagnosis was given), and the other showed no physical problems in utero, which led us to want to continue the pregnancy and give our girls every possible chance at survival. The foundation, first and foremost, allowed me to connect with other families who had been through similar experiences, which was huge for me because I felt so alone with this diagnosis- I had never heard of Trisomy 18 before and neither did any of my friends or family members. This proved even more important for me after we lost our twins after birth because what helped me most with the grieving process, even now- 7 years later, was connecting with other parents who had been through this too. Even now I have awesome lifelong friendships with moms who have gone through my similar experience. We contact each other when we need support, and we've been able to share our lives and experiences with each other as we deal with life going on after the death of our children. And I cannot say enough about the foundations president, Victoria Miller. The care and compassion she gave is in our darkest and scariest times made such a world of difference. She even called me personally and gave me tips and advice on how to advocate for my baby girls when they were born. She was absolutely amazing! Although my girls didn't live long in this earth after they were born, the Trisomy 18 Foundation has been a life saver for me and I am thankful every day that myself and countless other families out there continue to have it as a resource.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Here is a community you wish you would never be a part of, but once you become a part, you are so grateful for it. Victoria has turned her personal loss into a source of support for families around the world. When you find out your child has T18, you feel lost. T18F helps you find answers and hope. I am grateful for Victoria Miller and T18F.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have experienced first hand how the Trisomy 18 Foundation has made a positive impact in families lives. As a genetic counselor, one of my roles is to connect families with resources, such as the Trisomy 18 Foundation, where they can go to get good, accurate information and support through such a difficult and unexpected time in their lives. It is invaluable to connect with families who have gone through a similar experience and be able to share. The Trisomy 18 Foundation also supports very important research involving the care and management of those with Trisomy 18. Overall, this organization does amazing things - both for families and for the scientific community.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Victoria and her staff are wonderful. The Foundation does so many things for families and children affected by Trisomy 18. It's wonderful to see an organization that truly cares about helping. If you are looking for resources related to Trisomy 18 I truly recommend the Trisomy 18 Foundation.

5 Michele L.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a federal employee, I found this organization represented their constituents with passion. They are knowledgeable about policies and science that concern their constituents. Their advocacy is based on in-depth knowledge about Trisomy 18, its potential treatments and the needs of individuals and families affected by this condition

5 Jennie D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trisomy 18 Foundation has helped thousands of families for over 12 years now. The reach of the program is unbelievable and the comfort it provides for its families is unparalleled. I was blessed to have its founder, Victoria Miller, by my side when I lost my son 15 years ago. I don't know how I would have made it through those dark early days without the group of women I found within this foundation. I'm blessed to have them in my life and the world is blessed to have Victoria devoting her life to helping T18 families. A piece of my heart will always belong to the Trisomy 18 Foundation.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trisomy 18 Foundation supports families and stays focused on research progress.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victoria and the trisomy 18 foundation has been wonderful to me and my family. Not only do they provide amazing resources but they are so caring, even sent us a card after our sons death. Their website was our 1 # resource when we first found out about our sons diagnosis and all through the rest our pregnancy

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know how I would have handled the diagnosis of my daughter Alexa without the Trisomy 18 Foundation team and their online support. My first pregnancy 6 years ago, I was blessed with twin girls, Alexa and Sophia . We found out half-way through our pregnancy that one of our beautiful babies had Trisomy 18 and as you can imagine, we were devastated. Before then I had never heard of such a condition and so I searched the internet and came upon the Trisomy 18 Foundation's website which taught me so much. I was then contacted by an admin and then also paired with a volunteer who happened to be another mom that had gone through exactly what I was going through and helped me every step of the way. It's an amazing network of other families that are supportive and a foundation leader that fights for families and children with Trisomy 18 every day. I am forever grateful.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been such a wonderful and helpful organization. My daughter was diagnosed in utero with T18. With the internet being what it is, it's scary to go and search for T18 and not get all the facts straight. I had family that would tell me something that wasn't true because they found it on the internet. This page helped us with dealing with the facts and finding out more about this disorder. It has been a wonderful support since my daughters stillbirth. I find it a great resource and it helps us connect to others that are going through what we went through.

4 Mary W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We felt like we had nowhere to turn when our precious Aaron was diagnosed with T18, then we found the Trisomy 18 Foundation. We learned so much and found that we weren’t alone. It helped so much to experience the love and support they provide and to be able to connect with others who had gone through what we were going through. My daughter and son-in-law have started a foundation that raises money for several organizations including the T18 Foundation. This has given them a way to celebrate Aaron’s life and encourage others to develop GRIT in response to difficult situations. Thank you Trisomy 18 Foundation. #AaronStrong

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The foundation was there for our family when we needed them the most - at diagnosis. The wealth of information and support resources gave us a handle of the Full Trisomy 18 diagnosis 7 years ago. The foundation continues to be a source of information and support for our family. What I find to be inspiring of The Trisomy 18 Foundation is their commitment to push and advocate for scientific research into Trisomy 18. As parents of a child with Full Trisomy 18 & also trained scientists, we greatly appreciate what the foundation stands for & the goals they fight for. The foundation is dedicated to push for much anticipated scientific breakthroughs in Trisomy 18 research. Three cheers to this wonderful professional & compassionate organization that keeps me hopeful that in the future, a Trisomy 18 diagnosis will have a better prognosis & quality of life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I tried joining the trisomy 18 foundation page after learning about my daughters FT18 diagnosis at 22 weeks pregnant. After answering questions and providing proof that I indeed had a trisomy 18 diagnosis. The administrator of the page who is also the highest level of of board staff for the actual foundation denied me and said I wasn't a good fit for the group and that I should find another group. Who says that? How is that the decision of anyone but myself! It's sickening that a young mother going through this would be denied based on one awful person! This foundation is a joke!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We had never heard of T18 until our sweet baby boy Gage was diagnosed. He was a real fighter. We never gave up hope despite the diagnosis. We were blessed with our angel for 17 days and will be blessed forevermore. Online resources such as this remind us that we aren't alone.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Trisomy 18 Foundation provides the information families need during a time of stress and fear and supports all choices with empathy and compassion. The Foundation creates a respectful community space for sharing and supporting one another while publicly advocating for families to medical/healthcare professionals.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Foundation is amazing. They are focused on family support and support all decisions regarding care.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Trisomy 18 Foundation provides amazing support to families affected by this condition. When we lost our son in 2009, we felt lost. There is so little information or support available on this condition and much of what is available is biased or misleading. Luckily, we found this organization, which helps all parents going through this terrible ordeal.

6 Vicki71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandson, Nehemiah was born with Trisomy 18,on December 31, 2013. At the age of 56, I had never heard of it. Through our tears and prayers he lived 3 days. This organization helped so much in this heartbreaking situation. I still pray for a cure every day so babies can live. Great non-profit. Now, let's find a cure.




3 Susan455

Donor

Rating: 4

In 2005 I found out my oldest son and wife were expecting our first Grandchild. This news still brings such joy to my heart with tears as they stream down. Even after all these years the Pain of her loss is still so unimaginable.
The day of her sonogram that brought the news she may have hydrocephalus of brain I read all I could on it. Found there were stents to be put in to drain the water after birth.
Next sonogram determined Trisomy 18. along with she was a Girl Alyssa

7 Jamye M.

Donor

Rating: 5

My niece was born with Trisomy 18 in 1993. I so wish an organization like this had been around back then. I have donated to this site. Just look and see what a great resource they are for the families .

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent who was faced with a possible trisomy 18 diagnosis and having never heard of it before this foundation helped provide information, hope and comfort at a time of tremendous stress and sadness.