February 17, 2017

Huntington’s Disease Society of America

HDSA has been an active partner with iGive since 1999.  They are the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.

HDSA’s network of chapters, affiliates, HDSA Centers of Excellence, social workers and support groups provides a seamless connection for help, education and outreach to HD families and health care professionals across the United States.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure.

In 1993, researchers identified the gene that causes HD. Since then, research has moved quickly towards developing treatments and, ultimately, a cure. HDSA supports the goals of clinical and basic research at leading research facilities globally.

By partnering with iGive, HDSA has earned over $11,000 toward their goals of improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease.  You can see their recent progress here:

 

You can also register now to attend the 32nd Annual Convention, June 22-24, 2017 in Schaumburg, IL.

Thanks to all the supporters of HDSA – and thanks to our iGive store partners & members for being part of 20 years of giving.

December 27, 2016

Pimental Laboratory Cedars Sinai Medical Center

iGive member Ting C. dropped us a note about a cause that just joined iGive in October, 2016.

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common chronic medical conditions. People with IBS have been shown to have specific changes in luminal bacterial contents, the most common of which is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a condition whereby coliform bacterial counts in the small bowel become excessive. PLCMC is in the forefront of important research to cure SIBO.

This is why iGive.”

Until recently, a patient diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was likely to be prescribed antidepressant medication and sent to a psychologist. IBS was thought to be primarily stress–induced. At Cedars-Sinai, we understand that this disease is not “in your head” which is why we are focusing our efforts on identifying the causes.

Based in LA, the Pimentel Laboratory has earned over $150 by its supporters shopping through iGive.

December 31, 2015

The Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund is a non-profit organization that works to fund research on the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases.  It is focused in the Boston area and currently awards nearly $1 million in grants per year – grants funded by donations.

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In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International convention and challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”.  In the spirit of Helen Keller, the Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund was founded in 1951, and since then has funded over $32 million of grants.

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As one iGive member describes, “In the early 1950s, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERFi) awarded its first grant to doctors at Harvard Medical School to search for the cause of “blind baby disease” which affected 2500 premature babies per year. That grant helped confirm the discovery that too much oxygen in incubators was the cause. The solution: a 5-cent valve to control the flow of oxygen. Since then, over 150,000 premature babies’ sight has been saved. Today, MLERFi funds bold and innovative research to save and restore the sight of infants and adults alike. Since [they] are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the funds donated are awarded as research grants. Your donation will help our researchers save or even restore someone’s vision.”mlerfi_official_logo