BSF is both as a family, loving, helpful and supporting, and as a huge source of information. Even if our son is affected by a rare disease, we never feel alone, and BSF give us the strenght to live with Barth Syndrome, and give us hope that the future of our kids will be brighter
I have worked with the Barth Syndrome Foundation for more than 15 years as a physician and a researcher. They are well organized and focused on education and advancing treatment for Barth Syndrome for families, scientists, physicians and health professionals. They have a terrific record of funding research, including clinical, basic science and translational research. They have a unique conference every 2 years that brings together families, scientists and clinicians. The foundation continues to grow and is a model foundation for rare disease advocacy.
As a scientist that interacts with affected families, I just want to state that BSF not only supports families with information, moral support, meetings, but very importantly has supported (& continues to support) research into the causes of Barth syndrome and potential therapies; this is now coming to fruition in the form of two clinical trials -- all in just 17 years since BSF was created.
The Barth Syndrome Foundation does it all: serves as a tight-knit community for affected patients and families; advocates for their community; provides a vast array of educational materials; and helps fund critical research into this rare mitochondrial disease.
The community is tight-knit, knowledgeable, and inclusive. The Foundation includes not only the patients and their families but also scientists, physicians, and others taking care of Barth patients, all working together - and I mean really together - to cure Barth Syndrome. I believe the single "jewel" that epitomizes this Foundation is the biennial international conference they organize, which brings together patients, their families, and scientists from around the world to make headway into this devastating disease.
Barth Syndrome Foundation's commitment to advance an awareness and science behind this enigmatic killer makes BSF truly the Best nonprofit organization.
I became involved with the Barth Syndrome Foundation when I attended their first meeting in 2000. What a long way they have come in just 12 years! They provide substantial support for research aimed at understanding the condition, they provide amazing support to the affected and their families, they host biennial Family and Scientific conferences, there is a web site full of information, a listserv for families and another one for doctors and scientists, there are volunteer experts that can be consulted, families can exchange experiences and advice regarding this variable disease -- and there is the welcoming warmth, the belonging to a superfamily, the link across oceans and continents. In short, BSF is wonderful!