NF TN Grant Programs, Community Action, Outreach
NF Tennessee is a non-profit organization, founded in 2018. Our mission is to create a community for persons with NF and their families through support, education, and advocacy. In 2023, NF Tennessee became a Member Organization of The NF Network.
We provide support through newsletters, our website (NFTennessee.org) and Facebook page (NFTenn), a Laptop Giveaway Program begun in 2020, walks, picnics, and other outings, such as the art exhibit and drawing instruction conducted by artist Rachel Mindrup (Many Faces of NF), and the recent funding of a graduate student's national thesis questionnaire studying generational implications of families with NF, and the creation of an infrastructure in which NF patients can join and create community.
Education efforts include updates on new and ongoing clinical trials for patients with NF, Resource Pages on our website that provide information on jobs and education, primarily for people with disabilities. We provide resources for physicians and the educators of young people with NF, such as our Teacher Resource Guide published in 2021. We have participated in six annual half-day symposia sponsored by Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF), reaching a statewide, national, and international audience.
Advocacy efforts include annual trips by select board members to the halls of Congress in Washington DC as part of the Neurofibromatosis Network advocacy initiative. These involve meeting with staff from each of the representatives' and senators' offices to encourage support for continued Department of Defense and NIH funding for NF research. These efforts successfully continued through the pandemic via virtual meetings and letter-writing campaigns. NF Tennessee has also promoted efforts in Tennessee to continue and expand Telehealth services and other efforts to improve patient access to healthcare during the Covid 19 pandemic and beyond, as part of initiatives by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).
NF includes a group of genetic disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 3000 people, of all ethnicities equally. Approximately 2500 individuals in Tennessee are affected by NF. Each child born to a parent with NF has a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. Some NF patients have no family history but are affected due to spontaneous NF gene mutations. The major features of NF type 1, the most common form of NF, are birthmarks, tumors on nerves (neurofibromas) that can be painful or disfiguring, a tendency for other tumors and cancers, bone growth problems like scoliosis, learning disabilities, high blood pressure and many less common problems. In addition to health issues, NF often has a major impact on educational and work opportunities, family life, and overall quality of life for people with NF.
Our top three 2023/2024 initiatives (see Featured Campaign) include the following:
1. Continue our Laptop Giveaway Program, and expand our Individual Grant Programs to include opportunities to receive art supplies, cameras, and musical instruments; attendance at national NF meetings; summer camps; college costs; and NF research.
2. Support Community Action Projects such as walks, picnics, and other social events, and publicize and support fundraising efforts for other local and national NF organizations whose efforts benefit the NF community in Tennessee.
3. Expand our outreach to NF patients throughout the state by increasing the number of virtual meetings and educational events, and identifying local resources to help individuals with NF overcome the obstacles they face in daily life (work, school, family life) as a result of NF.
Please join us in our Featured Campaign and support the efforts of NF Tennessee to build a stronger community. Thank you!
NF Tennessee Inc
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Address4922 ROSELAWN CIR