CUPID’S CHARITY IS ON A MISSION TO FIND A CURE FOR NEUROFIBROMATOSIS.
We fund research for neurofibromatosis, or ‘NF,’ a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and affects 1 in every 3,000 births. Currently, there is no cure, but together with our loyal community of supporters, we’re on a mission to change that.
We work in alliance with our partner, the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), a 4-star rated charity, and the world’s leader in NF research. Since our start in 2010, our support has helped CTF generate 116 preclinical studies which have led to 16 clinical trials. One of those trials resulted in more than 70% of participants seeing their tumors shrink by 20 to 50%.
CUPID'S CHARITY HAS RAISED $20,850,000 SINCE OUR INCEPTION IN 2010 WITH 100% OF OUR NET PROCEEDS FUNDING NF RESEARCH.
EVERY DOLLAR BRINGS US CLOSER TO A CURE.
NEUROFIBROMATOSIS IS NOT PICKY.
NF is categorized as a rare disorder, however it is actually more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease combined. NF affects all genders, ethnicities and ages equally from newborns to adults all across the globe. NF is not consistent. Its symptoms can be wildly different from person to person and include blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. 50% of all NF cases occur in families with no history of NF.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We fundraise because we believe there is a cure for NF. Whether we’re dropping our pants in February for Cupid’s Undie Run, brunching in our bathrobes, or creating a DIY fundraising project, our passionate community won’t stop until we #EndNF. Here is how you can get involved.
MEET OUR NF CHAMPIONS
Cupid’s Charity is made up of families, patients, and friends who are deeply affected by neurofibromatosis – but even more deeply invested in fighting to find a cure. Our NF Champions are true fighters and we’re proud to fight alongside them.
“I knew my dad was deaf and I knew he was sick sometimes, but that’s all I really knew. So when I got sick at the age of 11 and diagnosed with NF2, I tried to not only process what the doctor had said, but also watch my dad’s face drop as I had to be the one to sign to him that his little girl suffered from the same disorder that left him deaf…”
“I was diagnosed with NF at a very young age. The hospital started becoming a second home to me. Countless trips for MRIs, CT scans, and blood tests became my norm. In high school, things started to get serious. I started having headaches and cranial pressure. Results from a CT scan showed I had hydrocephalus and multiple brain tumors…”
“I was 14 years old when I received my diagnosis. I had unknown growths/swelling on both feet and my thigh and we had seen several physicians trying to figure out what they were. Eventually I ended up at an orthopedist’s office and he looked at me and said, “Have you heard of the Elephant Man? You got that.”
When Maya was seven months old, she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1. Her parents lives were changed forever. Can you imagine learning that your “normal” is suddenly upside down? Reeling from the diagnosis and scrambling for answers, Maya’s parents researched and educated themselves about NF. They wanted to equip themselves with as much information about NF as possible…
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