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Causes: Autism, Brain Disorders Research, Disabilities, Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Specifically Named Diseases Research

Mission: FRAXA was founded in 1994 by three parents of children with Fragile X. Our mission is to accelerate research aimed at finding effective treatments and a cure for Fragile X and related disorders, by directly funding grants and fellowships at top universities around the world.

Results: We have funded $26 Million in targeted research and are on the verge of bringing a treatment for Fragile X - and perhaps also autism - to patients.

Target demographics: find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for all children and adults who have Fragile X syndrome

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20 research teams to find new treatments for Fragile X; half of them have now gone on to receive large grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Geographic areas served: The U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and Singapore

Programs: 1) Research grants and fellowships to fund research on Fragile X Syndrome, autism, and related disorders at universities around the world. 2) The FRAXA drug validation initiative (FRAXA-DVI), where we can provide preclinical testing of potential new medications for Fragile X; we have provided this service to a dozen pharmaceutical companies and now several of them are conducting clinical trials.

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Rating: 5

FRAXA is a truly remarkable organization with only one goal in their mission statement: to find a cure for the genetic disorder, Fragile X. Presented with a zero public recognition factor on day one, the dedicated founders and staff at FRAXA have moved the Fragile X conversation forward. America can boast a National Fragile X Recognition Day due to this group. As the parent of a Fragile X young man, I know that my contribution to FRAXA makes a difference. Why? Because contributions fund research grants, not administrative costs. Medical, genetic, and pharmaceutical researchers around the world are working toward a cure. My son will be 26 years old in 2 days. Go FRAXA! You are doing the impossible, and everyday we thank you for the cure that is coming.

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kclapp Hi, I am FRAXA's president and co-founder, and I would LOVE to quote your review in a letter to FRAXA supporters. Could we include it and include your name (first name and last initial is fine if you like)? You can let me know here or at kclapp@fraxa.org thank you!!! Katie

2 Lisa266

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Rating: 5

I have family members that have Fragile X and FRAXA has been an outstanding resource and source of support for up to date information on the latest happenings in research and fundraising efforts.
It's incredible & reassuring to see what FRAXA is able to accomplish with minimal operating expense and a LEAN, no-frills team.
The news alerts/newsletters are always encouraging as they advise of the latest breakthroughs in research and trials which are so essential in finding a cure.
Reading about the various fundraising efforts across the world gives ideas about how even a little effort can make a difference.
FRAXA should serve as a role model for how to run a lean, efficient and effective organization!

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Rating: 5

FRAXA has been a part of our family since my niece and nephew were diagnosed with Fragile X. It's a very lean organization which lets me know my donations are going far to help find a cure for Fragile X. The communication from Katie and board members has been clear, constant and informative. I feel so confident that my niece and nephew and our entire family are in good hands with the funds that are directed to research. Everyone involved with FRAXA that I have met at various fund-raisers through the years is passionate about finding a cure for Fragile X and having this as a top priority unites FRAXA and keeps it focused on this goal.


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Rating: 5

Wonderful charity run by incredibly dedicated people; they really are making a difference and getting things done! They have already gotten a lot of different treatments for fragile X into trials and they're doing all kinds of research on other possible treatments.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a FRAXA staff member for the past year, I have seen first hand what a wonderful organization this truly is. Katie and Mike, both the founders of FRAXA and parents of a young man with Fragile X, have shown extraordinary compassion and gratitude towards the families and donors affiliated with FRAXA. We work diligently alongside our donors, and consider them to be members of our family here at FRAXA. I'm proud to be a member of the FRAXA team, and am looking forward to our continued progress!