Avahi partners up with CARES Foundation to support Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH)
During this holiday season, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone for their support and give back to a cause that is very important to us.
We are excited to announce we have partnered with the CARES Foundation, an organization that supports individuals affected by Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). The CARES foundation offers services, resources and guidance to those impacted by this condition.
For this holiday season, Avahi will match any donation (up to $500)* made to the CARES Foundation, doubling the impact of your contribution.
What is Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia?
CAH is a genetic disorder that is present at birth, and it is caused by mutations in genes that are involved in the production of hormones by the adrenal glands. These mutations can lead to a deficiency in hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and sex hormones, which are all crucial for the body to function properly.
Symptoms of CAH can vary depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency, but may include abnormal growth and development, low blood pressure, salt cravings, and abnormal genitalia in infants. In more severe cases, CAH can also lead to life-threatening conditions such as dehydration and shock.
Fortunately, CAH can be managed with medication and with adequate care, affected individuals can lead normal lives. Treatment typically involves hormone replacement therapy to correct the hormone deficiency and manage symptoms. This may involve taking hormone replacement medications throughout their lives.
The CARES Foundation
The CARES Foundation is 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by CAH. They work to advance quality healthcare through advocacy, education, research, and support. By raising awareness and providing comprehensive care, the CARES Foundation is making a real difference in the lives of those affected by CAH.
All CARES services are provided free of charge or at a nominal fee to anyone requesting them. These include: one-on-one support for affected individuals and their families; research grants and participant recruiting for qualifying researchers for treatments and a cure; educational conferences for individuals, their families, and health care professionals; educational tools for better living with CAH; monitoring of newborn screening in the US and support for development internationally; bi-annual newsletters; and physician referral service.
Of every dollar donated 84% goes directly to support patients and families with just 16% going to administrative, fundraising and other costs.