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Top Charities, Organizations & Advocacy Groups by Health Condition

Progress, unfortunately, is no "cheap" pursuit. That's why organizations and advocacy groups rely on those touched by health conditions to donate to and support their constant efforts to eradicate disease.

Whether a patient, survivor, caregiver, philanthropist, or someone who is just dialed into a specific health community, it's important to make sure your contributions—financial or other—are put to use in the best possible way for the best possible cause, for you. Without them, major strides in disease-related research, awareness, and treatment development would never see the light of day.

So, if you are looking to give back and don't know where to start—or want to share even more—check out this list of health conditions and their leading charitable organizations. Be a proactive player in the advancement of good health for everyone.

Leukemia and lymphoma account for the majority of blood cancers, with myeloma rounding out the list as the third main type. In general, a cure is possible for some blood cancers; scientists have made many important discoveries resulting in significantly improved survival rates since the 1960s. 

Organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, among many others, have led the charge in the fight against blood cancer. Other initiatives like Be the Match and the Alliance for Resource Collaboration in Hematology, to name only a few, have also helped spread awareness on bone marrow transplants and the importance of supportive community. 

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Although research is still evolving on actually curing multiple sclerosis, there have been occasional breakthroughs. This includes the welcome of numerous medications and therapies like physical/occupational therapy, assistive mobility devices, and complementary therapies such as yoga and reflexology, to combat its symptoms.

Organizations like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain MS Center, among others, provide community support, distill the latest research, and educate people on living with the condition.

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Breast cancer is not a single disease; research indicates that there are a number of subtypes that occur at varying rates, that exist among different groups of people, and that respond differently to treatment. Yet, breast cancer can be successfully treated when caught early. Today, there are over three million people in the U.S. who have once heard, "You have breast cancer."

Organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Network of Strength, to name only a few, have pioneered efforts in raising awareness, funding research, and providing peer support to all those who have been touched by the disease.

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Over a million lives are claimed by HIV in the U.S. each year. And that's on top of the 50,000 new infections that surface annually. However, donating to HIV causes has unfortunately slowed through the years, which has the potential to negatively impact all the progress that has been made thus far if initiatives can no longer be fully funded.

Organizations in the HIV space are not only known for their work in de-stigmatizing the disease, lending aid to disadvantaged communities, and promoting new research, but also for their adherence to and follow through of their missions as well as their financial transparency. Such groups who work tirelessly towards the management, treatment, and prevention of HIV include amFAR, AIDS United, mothers2mothers, and Keep a Child Alive, among others.

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Fibromyalgia may still have a long way to go in terms of research, treatment, diagnostics, and public awareness, but public and private institutions coupled with various charities and advocacy groups are spearheading the fight to find ways to help those with this debilitating condition live better lives.

Whether you want to donate financially or promote the cause by other means, there are a myriad of organizations at your disposal. From the National Fibromyalgia Association and the Fibromyalgia Coalition International to the American Chronic Pain Association and more, the ability to give back and promote awareness of Fibromyalgia is more accessible now than ever before.

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Giving back to the eating disorder community is not only about financial donations and volunteering. Lots of people who have eating disorders find that participating in such groups strengthens their own recovery and better aligns them with the support of a very inclusive community.

If you or someone you know would benefit from getting involved, organizations like the National Eating Disorders Association, Project Health, and the Eating Disorders Coalition, among others, are here to help and can always use more support. They are the leaders in promoting awareness and de-stigmatizing eating disorders among those who suffer from them and others who are touched by them on the whole.

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Navigating life with a diabetes diagnosis can feel overwhelming, so much so that you need to take certain precautions to safeguard your mental and physical health. Aligning yourself or loved ones with organizations like the American Diabetes Association, the Betes Organization, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, among others, can prove rewarding in this sense.

Not only can participating in charities and advocacy groups help raise awareness and fund research for diabetes, it can also help those touched by the disease learn more about it, build more courage against it, and channel associated stress in a healthy way. It can even foster community and empower people to better cope with their or their loved ones condition.

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Getting involved with charities and organizations tailored to the fight against IBD can help those with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis better navigate the many questions, concerns, and issues that arise when living with these conditions.

Participating in and supporting such groups as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Connecting to Cure Crohn's and Colitis, and ImproveCareNow, to name only a few, allows patients and their loved ones the ability to connect with others like them and find the support they need. This can include help lines, patient assistance, medical cost aid, and much more. (Find out more specific information on organizations that work in support of ostomy surgery and those living with a stoma.)

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Such organizations like the National CFIDS Foundation, the ME-CFS Knowledge Center, and the Solve ME/CFS Initiative, among others, work tirelessly to promote research and awareness of chronic fatigue syndrome. The ultimate goal: helping those with this potentially devastating condition live better lives.

Whether you are among those who can support financially or those who want to work to further promote the awareness of the disease in other ways, all help is welcome, be it for patient, caregiver, or other.

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Organizations that cater to the wellness of pregnant woman and babies are vital to global health. Worldwide, women and children rely on them for access to care, treatment, and education—all the while coping with disease, poverty, and many other risk factors.

Whether you'd like to get involved or just make a donation, groups like the March of Dimes, Every Mother Counts, Smile Train, and UNICEF, to name only a few, lend physical, mental, and emotional support to women and infants in need.

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To most people's surprise, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both women and men. And, while it is often associated with smoking, non-smokers are among the majority of those who develop the disease, too. 

Unfortunately, lung cancer does not receive the funding other conditions do. But, in efforts to remediate this, organizations like LUNGevity, the Lung Cancer Alliance, and the American Lung Association, among others, are spearheading the fight in hopes of more advocacy for early detection, changes to public policy, and shifts in focus to at-risk populations like women and youth.

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Baby boomers are among the largest groups to make up the general population. And with their aging comes a significant prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and dementia—conditions that not only affect them, but that also have lasting repercussions on their families, friends, and communities.

With the hope of combatting these diseases and one day identifying a cure, organizations like the Alzheimer's Association, the American Brain Foundation, and Bright Focus, to name only a few, work to fundraise for advancing research and help to foster awareness, support, and education for all those touched by these conditions.

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Thyroid disease is an often misunderstood condition. That's why organizations like ThyroidChange, the Magic Foundation, and the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, among others, work to advocate on behalf of the condition and its community, promote awareness of the disease, and advance the science surrounding it.

But, getting involved doesn't only mean giving financially to these groups. Being proactive in the fight against thyroid disease can even happen by sharing information online, helping direct others to actionable materials, attending educational and fundraising events, and volunteering.

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Choosing an autism-related charity that fulfills your personal criteria and that merits your financial support can be tricky. Make sure you research all your candidates to ensure their funds are being used appropriately and that they are transparent and accountable regarding their message and efforts.

Organizations like the Mind Institute, the Autism Society of America, and the National Autistic Society, among others, offer community support and resources, training, employment placement, mentorships, conduct research, and more. You can also get involved by volunteering or participating in clinical studies.

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Even though there have been major strides in Parkinson's disease research and therapy, many challenges surrounding this debilitating neurodegenerative disorder continue to exist. Thus, the search for a cure is still ongoing. 

But, organizations like the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation, and the American Parkinson Disease Association, to name a few, are dedicated to the cause. Together, they work relentlessly to foster awareness, fund research, lend support, and promote positive living for both those with the condition and their loved ones.

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Today, the term "cancer" is very broad—there are so many different types and stages. Similarly, there are so many different organizations that service the cancer community. That said, it can be hard to navigate where best to lend your supportive efforts.

Such organizations like the American Cancer Society, LIVESTRONG, and the American Institute for Cancer Research, to name only a few, are among the leading groups working to fund new research and support patients and their families. Just make sure to do your own research so you're investing your time and money in a mission that is a best fit for you.

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Unfortunately, this is still a stigma associated with mental health. However, the organizations and advocacy groups that work hard to promote awareness of and research for mental illness are tackling it head on. They are responsible for the ongoing dissemination of treatment information, the continuous efforts to change federal and state policy, the endorsement of screening tools, the publicizing of ways to seek help, and more.

There are a variety of organizations that lead the charge in mental health activism, all with several ways to get involved and give back. Groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and the Child Mind Institute, to name only a few, strive to break down barriers so those with mental health conditions can turn their silent suffering into something actionable—whether for themselves or others touched by mental illness.

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