FIRST is a vibrant, growing foundation connected to its members and families by the special skin and unique management needs of individuals and families with ichthyosis and related skin types.
Our mission is to educate, inspire, and connect those touched by ichthyosis and related disorders through emotional support, information, advocacy, and research funding for better treatments and eventual cures.
FIRST provides information about ichthyosis through our website, via printed publications, our quarterly newsletter, and through our lobbying and advocacy efforts. Our signature event, the National Family Conference, provides attending families an opportunity to forge unforgettable connections with each other and to consult with leading medical experts.
Through its sponsorship of the Ichthyosis Registry, the Tele-Ichthyosis Program, and the Frontiers in Ichthyosis Research Conference, FIRST enables connections among researchers and physicians and provides support for their efforts.
With the assistance of the world-class experts on its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, FIRST directs and sponsors research in the areas that matter most to our members.
Skin serves a very important function in life – it connects specialized cells and layers of tissue to create an important barrier that protects our bodies. However, when genetic mutations cause skin to form improperly at birth, the impact on the individual, parents, family and friends can seem overwhelming. Asking what just happened, wondering what is next, and hoping you are not the only ones are among the early concerns and questions. Be assured that you are not the only ones.
How can we help you?
The skin disorders known as the ichthyoses are not all that common. The good news is FIRST is here for you! International in scope, our Foundation is where you will receive highlyqualified, caring, and professional staff to help you find help throughout all stages of your life.
Managing ichthyosis and other severe skin disorders oftentimes presents many medical and psycho-social issues, from birth through early childhood and into adolescence, young adult, adult and elderly stages of life. Our members can pro-actively meet these challenges head-on by an advanced understanding provided by other fellow members along the continuum of physical, medical, emotional, and social needs and solutions.
Our Foundation works best for you and your family when the barriers of finding supportive and enriching connections are removed. We do this most effectively through many useful programs, services, and technology resources that you will read about in this folder. You will swiftly come to realize that FIRST represents a major opportunity to be educated, inspired, and connected – for life!
How can you get more information?
As you peruse the literature and jump quickly to our easy-to-navigate website (firstskinfoundation.org), think about ways you can make even deeper connections through our Regional Support Network and other affiliated programs. For new members, we invite you to call our staff directly to learn more about how the Foundation can help you get started, engaged and involved.
Welcome to FIRST, and we look forward to helping you secure connections that will last a lifetime. We cannot wait for YOU to join!
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