Pediatric multiple sclerosis
Pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) is a rare multiple sclerosis variant characterized by the onset of multiple sclerosis (i.e. one or multiple episodes of clinical CNS symptoms consistent with acquired CNS demyelination with radiologically proven dissemination of inflammatory lesions in space and time following exclusion of other disorders) before the age of 18 years old. Pediatric MS patients present a predominantly relapsing-remitting course with first attack usually consisting of optic neuritis transverse myelitis acute disseminated encephalomyelitis and monofocal or polyfocal neurological deficits. A high burden of T2-hyperintense lesions on intial MRI primarily of the supratentorial region and/or of the cervical spinal cord has been reported.
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The Assistance Fund
The Assistance Fund (TAF) is an independent charitable patient assistance organization that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and other health-related expenses. We currently manage more than 80 disease programs, each of which covers all FDA-approved treatment for the disease named in the program. Since 2009, TAF has helped nearly 180,000 people access critical treatment for life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases.
Help Hope Live
Help Hope Live assists individuals living with catastrophic injuries and illnesses to fundraise toward their medical expenses and related costs.
Unfixed produces media that elevates stories of people living with chronic illness, rare disease and disability. The Unfixed portfolio of projects demonstrates that living well is not about eradicating our wounds and weaknesses but understanding how they complete our identities and equip us to help others. Current and past productions include multiple mini-series, a podcast and feature film.
HECI Medicine Incorporation
The objectives of HECI Medicine is to provide dependable access to affordable medicine and diagnostic tools to patients in Africa affected by rare diseases, collaborative with the scientific community to accelerate drug development for rare diseases therapies that are specific to populations in Africa, and collaborate with other rare disease organizations to ensure equitable access to health.
Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome Advocacy Association
AGSAA is a global coalition of deeply dedicated parent advocates working alongside clinicians, researchers, and scientists. We are united in our desire to improve the lives of individuals and families living with Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome and those yet to be diagnosed. Everything we do reflects a sense of urgency to rescue patient potential and preserve quality of life through accelerating research and providing timely emotional and educational support alongside evolving clinical care recommendations to affected families.
Moonshots for Unicorns
Curing single-gene disorders
COMBINEDBrain is a consortium for outcome measures and biomarkers for neurodevelopmental disorders. We are collaborating to cure rare, non-verbal brain disorders.
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