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The Marfan Foundation
22 Manhasset Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
The Marfan Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to the support and education of people affected by Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders. Families and individuals affected by Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder of the connective tissue that may affect the skeleton, lungs, eyes, heart, blood vessels, and other areas of the body established the foundation in 1981. The Marfan Foundation has a three-fold purpose: to support and promote research; to disseminate accurate and timely information about this condition to affected individuals, family members, and physicians; and to provide means for affected individuals and relatives to share experiences, support one another, and improve their medical care. To help meet these goals, the foundation sponsors research grants to investigators studying any or all disciplines involved in Marfan syndrome, and conducts annual conferences. It has a network of chapters, support groups, and contacts across the country and provides a variety of educational and support materials for affected individuals, family members, healthcare professionals, teachers, and other professionals. These materials include a newsletter called "Connective Issues," an annual research supplement, booklets, and a listing of thousands of articles and books on Marfan syndrome. Other informational materials include brochures, fact sheets, videos, resource manual and posters.
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