BENEFITING: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Please note that the total amount shown does not reflect transaction fees that will be deducted, but we have reached the minimum $50,000 goal needed to begin this study. We encourage ongoing donations which will be used for data analysis and manuscript preparation costs as well as later phases of this study.
(After reading the description, for additional information, please visit the Chinese Medicine for Food Allergies website.)
Please help us fund a clinical study for our food-allergic children. We are the parents of children whose daily lives are challenged by life-threatening food allergies along with other allergic conditions like asthma, eczema, and immunological digestive disorders. The scientific word for our children’s condition is “poly-sensitization.” However, if you were to ask them, they would tell you that, often, they cannot eat certain foods, breathe comfortably, or stop scratching. Currently, we lack a readily-available treatment to increase their food tolerance while also alleviating, and not aggravating, their allergic symptoms. More frustrating, we lack reliable blood tests (“biomarkers”) for food tolerance, other than food challenges -- eating the food itself. Food challenges can cause reactions which can be traumatizing for patients and families. We are in need of clear signs of improvement in our children. Meanwhile, our children remain at risk for severe or life-threatening allergic reactions.
With your help, this can change. Dr. Xiu-Min Li, a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and world leader in her use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat food allergies, has been developing clinically-proven and patented herbal formulations for over ten years. In both clinical and in vitro trials, Dr. Li’s treatments work to build our children’s overall allergic tolerance, while also confirming new biomarkers - without risk to their already compromised health and lifestyle.
We need a minimum of $50,000 to finance the first year of a real world, practice-based Traditional Chinese Medicine study, conducted by Dr. Xiu-Min Li. Ten patients, from ages 2 to 16, will receive Chinese herbal formulas, as a medicinal foundation, with adjunct therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure. The new biomarkers will be used along the way with the goal of better predicting successful food challenges for patients, as treatment progresses.
Our hope is that this one-year study will jumpstart the next clinical phase in which more patients will be recruited. Treatments and testing biomarkers can then be refined for use by food-allergic patients all over the United States. Currently, there are roughly eight million children under the age of 18 with food allergies, and they are two to four times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies. This is a groundbreaking study in the realm of food allergy and immunology treatment and has the potential to bring about meaningful change in the lives of our children.
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Should you wish to make your gift by check, please follow the instructions below.
Make check payable to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
In the memo portion, make sure to write Dr. Li – Chinese Medicine for Food in Jaffe
Mail check to the following address:
o The Mount Sinai Development Office
o Attn: Erica Edwards
o One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1049
o New York, NY 10029-6574
Corporate Matching: The impact of your gift could be doubled or tripled by a corporate match made by your or your spouse’s or partner’s employer.
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If so, please obtain a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department, fill it in with the appropriate information (see below), and return the form to the address above.
Specific information that will be needed for the Matching Gift Form includes the following:
o The Matching Gift should be benefitting the “Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai” and specifically “Dr. Li’s Chinese Medicine for Food in Jaffe”
o The Tax ID (EIN) for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is 13-6171197.
(Companies can also make their matching donation through this fundraiser, directly.)
To learn more about opportunities for supporting Dr. Li’s Chinese Medicine for Food Allergies, please contact Erica Edwards in the Mount Sinai Development Office at (646) 605–8714 or email@example.com.