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Trisomy 18 Foundation

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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

47 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.

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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.

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.

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trisomy 18 Foundations gives hope to families blessed with these very special babies. As a grieving parent, I find comfort in the stories shared and support shown by this amazing organization.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my wife was 22 weeks pregnant, our unborn son was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. At the time, we knew nothing about the disorder and we felt utterly alone. The Trisomy 18 Foundation and its contributors provided us a wealth of information and a glimmer of hope in a hopeless situation. We will forever be grateful for the positive role this community has had in our lives.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The founder of this group has one of the biggest hearts!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was first diagnosed in utero with T18 I had no idea what it was. My husband and I quickly searched online for anything we could find to obtain more information. We came across this great organization and learned so much. The comforting thing was that there were many families at different stages and we spent hours pouring through their individual stories. I'm glad that this organization provides valuable information for families.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

T18 foundation is an amazing place to get support when facing such an overwhelming diagnosis, loss and struggle. After years of suffering a heartbreaking life changing event they still pick me up. They are a great team.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

By far the most instrumental tool in a large bag of methods for my life long healing process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am not much of a writer or a reader however this organization taught me the intense value of both. When I was pregnant and was first told that my baby had a chromosomal disorder, my genetic counselor shared this website with me. In my life I would have never thought that writing and reading would be a lifeline that could help bring me from a depth of despair to comfort and acceptance with lifelong friendships gained. The from the heart sharing of pain as well as medical experiences gave me the sense that I was eventually going to get through it. How can I give trisomy18.org the proper acclimates it deserves. With forever gratitude!
Much love,
Emerson's mom

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After learning of our son Aden's T-18 diagnosis, we did a lot of research. This group of amazing people were an invaluable resource to our family. We are blessed by their wonderful support and information during this time. (Aden 5/1/08 full T18)

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Trisomy 18 Foundation was an invaluable resource for or family after our son's diagnosis at twenty-one weeks gestation. It gave us the support and courage to choose life for him. We felt prepared to support him during his brief life.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2005 I got the devastating news that the child I was carrying had T18. I had never heard of this, nor had any of my friends or family members. The doctor I had was nice, but did not provide helpful information on how to prepare for what was to come. It was a devastating time, and the only place available for me to turn to for help was the Trisomy 18 Foundation. Though it was the most difficult time in my life, I'm so thankful I had a safe, understanding and compassionate place to turn.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was diagnosed with trisomy 18 at just 15 weeks into my pregnancy. We were completely devastated, but this organization makes you realize you are not alone. It's a place that you can go to where others understand completely how you feel. It also helped our family & friends learn more about trisomy 18.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a grandmother this diagnosis tears at your heart for your grandchild and even more for your children facing the biggest challenge a parent can. For months I visited the site to gain knowledge which I did but also came away with peace. Not in understanding the whys...but in finding solace in knowing all these emotions are shared.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was diagnosed with T18 after markers were noticed in our 20 week ultrasound. Nothing could have prepared us for what T18 meant for our family better than this organization. The information shared via message boards with other parents, and online resources cannot be found anywhere else online or in most communities. The website helps guide parents/family for the decisions that they will face from the time of diagnosis until after the birth of their precious child. Equally as important, each person involved with Trisomy 18 Foundation seems to have also been touched by Trisomy 18 in some way. This is so crucial in helping people heal! It is hard to truly empathize with someone who has never had to deal with T18 if it is something you have never dealt with yourself.