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Patient Advocacy Groups

The GLIA-CTN is fortunate to work with an incredible group of advocacy partners around the world. Some focus on raising funds for ongoing research into the causes - and potential cures - of leukodystrophies, while others provide financial support to enable disadvantaged families to travel to a specialized care center. All of these organizations are united in their goal to help patients and families identify the most appropriate diagnostic and/or therapeutic options and to provide them with the resources needed to optimize their care.

Note: If you would like to have information about your organization listed, we would welcome the opportunity to add it to this page. We invite you to use the Contact Us form to share a brief summary of your organization along with a link.


ADLD Center

The ADLD Center’s mission is to support research into various aspects of Autosomal Dominant Leukodystrophy. They aim to enable research on pathology and therapy, while helping create a support network to disseminate relevant information. Their work includes raising ADLD awareness among physicians, scientists, and the public, supporting relevant research through grants, providing a caring and educational community for patients and their families, a serving as a unique information resource.

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Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome Advocacy Association

Aims to eradicate Aicardi-Goutiéres syndrome and improve the lives of impacted families through medical advancement, direct support, and advocacy.


ALD Alliance

ALD Alliance, formerly known as the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, helps families across the United States that are newly diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) by giving them the resources they need to fight this rare and devastating disease.


ALD Connect

Brings together patients, families, advocates, physicians, scientists, and other stakeholders centered around adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

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Alex, The Leukodystrophy Charity

Offers support and information for all those affected by a genetic leukodystrophy.


A Rare Ruby

By connecting families and supporting leukodystrophy research, A Rare Ruby has established itself as one of the key resources for individuals and families affected by H-ABC and TUBB4A-related leukodystrophy.


Arrivederci ALD

Arrivederci ALD's focus is identifying and funding scientific and medical research that will lead to more effective treatments and a cure for ALD and AMN. They also engage in advocacy and awareness efforts to support individuals and families across the country suffering from ALD.  


Bethany’s Hope Foundation

Bethany's Hope Foundation was founded over two decades ago and has been instrumental in raising funds to support groundbreaking research on metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) in Canada.


Chloe’s Fight Rare Disease Foundation

Chloe’s Fight Rare Disease Foundation is dedicated to supporting the development of cures and treatments for childhood lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) by funding research, advocating policy for patients, and raising awareness.


CTX Alliance

The CTX Alliance’s mission is to support, educate, and provide a voice for CTX patients and their caregivers as researchers work toward a cure. Their purpose is to provide education, support, advocacy, and promote innovative research for patients affected with Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis (CTX), as well their families and medical professionals who treat and study this rare disease.

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Cure GM1 Foundation

Funds research to benefit all individuals affected by GM1 gangliosidosis.



Cure LBSL, formerly known as “A Cure For Ellie”, is an international foundation supporting patients and families affected by LBSL (Leukoencephalopathy with Brain Stem and Spinal Cord Involvement and Lactate Elevation). Their mission is to bring awareness, support, and hope to patients and families, and to fund and accelerate research into potential treatments and cures.


Cure MLD

Aims to help families impacted by metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) by connecting them with resources, information, and support.


Elise’s Corner

Elise’s Corner is a community group focused on spreading awareness of Alexander disease and aiding research efforts to find treatments and a cure for this rare genetic disorder.


European Leukodystrophy Association

Provides assistance and support to families affected by leukodystrophy, funds research projects, raises public awareness, and collaborates with international organizations to pool resources to develop research.


Fight ALD

Recognizing that many medical providers had little experience or education about adrenoleukodystrophy, Fight ALD was founded to provide newly diagnosed families with essential information about the disorder along with other key resources.


Fundación Lautaro te Necesita

Su misión es mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas afectadas por leucodistrofias impulsando la investigación y la educación para lograr diagnósticos tempranos que posibiliten el acceso a tratamientos adecuados.


Gavin Flying for a Cure

Gavin Flying For A Cure was created to honor Gavin Quimby (Super Gav) and to bring awareness to metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD). Read Gavin's story and find out how you can get involved.


Global DARE Foundation

Promotes worldwide awareness and better quality of life for all who are diagnosed with adult Refsum disease.


Grayson's Ladder

Raises awareness and funds for Alexander disease and helps those with this rare disorder and other types of leukodystrophy get the care they need.


H-ABC Foundation UK

H-ABC Foundation UK’s purpose is to promote and protect the physical and mental health of individuals living with H-ABC through the provision of support, education and practical advice to their families, to promote and fund medical research into the condition, and to advance the education of the public in all areas in relation to H-ABC.

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Hunter's Hope Foundation

Supports and encourages those affected by Krabbe disease and related leukodystrophies.



Provides a platform to amplify the voice of patients, aiding researchers and drug developers in accelerating research for better treatments for Krabbe disease.

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Leukodystrophy Australia

Aims to support individuals and families affected by leukodystrophy, raise awareness, and encourage leukodystrophy-related research.


Leukodystrophy Family Forum

Find answers to frequently asked questions and common issues shared by the leukodystrophy community. Access disease and research information and links to support resources.

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Leukodystrophy Newborn Screening Action Network

Champions the cause of newborn screening for leukodystrophies and lysosomal storage disorders.


Leukodystrophy Resource & Research Organisation

This group seeks to maximise health care resources, advance the world’s leading research and to provide premium support for all Australasian leukodystrophy families with the outcome being a cure.


Mission Massimo Foundation

Promotes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood leukodystrophies.


MLD Support Association UK

Aims to bring hope to families in the fight to eradicate metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD) by providing support and information on research and treatments.


National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association

NTSAD is one of the oldest patient advocacy groups in the country, focused on funding research, providing support services to families and individuals worldwide, and raising awareness to prevent disease.


PMD Foundation

Find information about Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), ways to communicate with other families, research information into causes, treatment, prevention and cure of PMD, and much more.


Remember The Girls

Their mission is to raise awareness of the many issues facing female carriers of x-linked recessive genetic disorders; to provide a forum for x-linked females to share their stories, ask questions, provide and receive emotional support, and develop friendships; and to advocate for increased attention of the medical community to the physical and emotional issues of females who carry x-linked disorders.

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Rosenau Family Research Foundation

Works to promote the expansion of newborn screening and to further education, awareness, and research of Krabbe disease and cystic fibrosis.


Sisters’ Hope Foundation

The mission of Sisters’ Hope Foundation is to support and empower families impacted by hereditary diffuse leukoencephalopathy with spheroids (HDLS) and adult-onset leukoencephalopathy with axonal spheroids and pigmented glia (ALSP) by educating the public to increase awareness around this rare disease, advocating for further research and funding to improve treatment options, connecting patients and families with this diagnosis to build community and support, and providing financial assistance and resources to those in need.


The Calliope Joy Foundation

Their fundraising efforts helped establish the nation's first Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence at CHOP. Learn about their cupcake challenge and how to get involved, and find information about current and upcoming clinical trials.


The Canavan Foundation

The Canavan Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating at-risk populations about Canavan disease and other Jewish genetic diseases and supporting research looking into a cure.


The Foundation to Fight H-ABC

Provides information about H-ABC to spread awareness about this degenerative disease, and raises funds for research on gene therapy treatments that could stop the degenerative effects of H-ABC.


The M.O.R.G.A.N Project

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project is a national, community-based organization of volunteers dedicated to promoting awareness and facilitating support of parents caring for their children/young adults with special healthcare needs.


The Stop ALD Foundation

The Stop ALD Foundation focuses on accelerating the process of developing new knowledge and new therapies for adrenoleukodystrophy, and works to accelerate implementation of newborn screening for ALD.


The Yaya Foundation for 4H Leukodystrophy

Fights for people affected by 4H (POLR3-related) leukodystrophy.


Tori’s Triumph

Their mission is to further awareness about Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies by telling Tori’s story and by advocating for newborn screening (NBS) legislation.


United Leukodystrophy Foundation (ULF)

ULF is a non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to funding cutting-edge research and to providing patients and their families with disease information and medical referrals.