Seattle, WA, March 16, 2009 — The Luca John Foundation announced today that it will implement a local chapter of its support network at Seattle Children’s Hospital as well as provide medical grants to support Children’s orthopedic division and its doctors who conduct research on skeletal dysplasia, a musculoskeletal disorder. The Foundation will provide support groups for families having children with skeletal dysplasia and host fundraising events to support these programs.
“The Luca John Foundation is proud to be able to offer assistance by way of our chapters at what will become the premier skeletal dysplasia institution in the Northwest,” says Kevin Baranowski, president of the Foundation.
“The Luca John Foundation supports a very important cause and we are honored to work with them,” said Dr. Michael Goldberg, Chief of Skeletal Dysplasia at Children’s. “Their support will be instrumental in our research and will help us provide a better quality of life for our patients with skeletal dysplasia.”
About The Luca John Foundation:
The Luca John Foundation, a New Jersey based 501(c)3 charity, was founded in 2006. It was established to raise funds for research and awareness for various forms of skeletal dysplasia, including short rib polydactyl syndrome (SRPS). It also provides financial assistance for burial and funeral costs to families who have lost a child younger than 12 months old or have had a stillbirth. For more information please visit http://lucajohnfoundation.com.
About Seattle Children’s Hospital:
Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. Together they are Seattle Children’s, known for setting new standards in superior patient care for more than 100 years. For more information visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.
The Luca John Foundation
Jenn Davis, Public Relations
Seattle Children’s Hospital