How You Can Help

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your interest in fundraising for the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.® (FIRST).  FIRST is a vibrant, growing organization connected to our families through the special skin and unique management needs of ichthyosis and the related skin types.
But, FIRST is also something more.  FIRST is family.  And nothing gives us greater satisfaction than seeing the smile on a child's face, or the look of relief on a mother's, when they are connected with another family that faces the same exact challenges.
And, like family, FIRST does whatever it takes to make absolutely certain our members receive the best possible resources to understand and live with condition.
Our mission is to improve lives and seek cures for those affected with ichthyosis and related skin types. But, we can't do it alone.  We need our families to support FIRST as well.  We rely on support from donors, like you, for the resources to maintain our mission and lift our members to the highest possible quality of life.
FIRST celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2016 and continues to grow stronger each day. This celebratory video provides insight into the fascinating, touching and inspiring story of the first 35 years of FIRST. It is a glimpse at the passion, dedication and commitment of an organization that is not only growing stronger each day, but is unwavering in its pursuit of a better life for those affected with ichthyosis or a related skin type.
To those of you who have supported FIRST in the past and continue to do so today, I thank you.  I hope that you will continue your generosity towards our cause and mission.
A special welcome and thank you to first-time donors.  I encourage you to explore our website, especially the ways you can get involved.  Please feel free to contact us about the many ways you can help FIRST continue to support our exclusive programs and services for our families.
Jean Pickford
Chief Executive Officer

Why raise funds?

The Foundation's ichthyosis-related programs, services, and resources are made possible because of support from many generous donors and friends.  These contributions are the lifeline for FIRST, enabling us to provide greater awareness, emotional support, information, advocacy, and research for those affected by ichthyosis and the related skin types.
How to help?
here are many ways to contribute to the mission of the Foundation.  Click on the links to the right or contact the national office for information about the options below.
  • Stock that has appreciated can be donated and you can claim the full value of the donation without paying any capital gains tax on the appreciation.
  • The opportunities for charitable gifts to FIRST include, securities, tangible assets and bequests.
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FIRST Marketplace     (Enter Foundation for Ichthyosis in the 2nd box)

The official registration and financial information of Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.® may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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