Nonprofits need money for programs abroad too
By Chesca Colloredo - Managing Director - miraclefeet An article that appeared in yesterday’s Chronicle of Philanthropy reveals that travel expert and TV personality, Rick Stevens, is giving $1 million to an arts charity near Seattle. Interesting enough, this $1 million gift is what he saved in federal tax cuts over the past decade, but even more compelling is the...
Ecuador needs a clubfoot program
Dr. Silva and his nurse treating a child with clubfoot at the exclusive Hospital de los Valles in Ecuador, one of the few places where Ponseti treatment is currently available. By Chesca Colloredo, Managing Director, miraclefeet This year marked 20 years that my husband and I (and now our children) have traveled to Ecuador for his research as an anthropologist. Two decades ago the...
Ashland Cross Country raises over $3,000 for...
On Wednesday, July 13 the Ashland Cross Country team of Ashland, OH embarked on a 24-hour Run-A-Thon to benefit miraclefeet. Their goal was to raise more than $2,000 and they shattered that goal by raising more than $3,000! With this money, miraclefeet can provide treatment to children in developing nations, so that they may walk normally and have a productive life. A special thank you goes...
The estimated number of children with clubfoot
An estimated one out of 1,000 children is born with clubfoot. This number does not vary significantly across ethnic or socio-economic groups. As a result, the condition is spread evenly throughout all populations and countries. About half the cases are bi-lateral (both feet affected). Slightly more boys than girls are affected. Eighty percent of the roughly 200,000 children born with...
The miraclefeet approach to treat clubfoot
The miraclefeet approach has three basic principles: miraclefeet provides performance-based grants to partner hospitals in developing countries to increase the number of children being treated. miraclefeet supports the full Ponseti Method treatment, including bracing, to ensure that ensure optimal long-term outcomes. (miraclefeet does not fund surgery with the exception of the tenotomy, which...
Ponseti Method treats clubfoot
Clubfoot is sometime treated with invasive and complicated surgery that can be expensive and difficult on children. Surgery often leaves feet stiff and painful, and requires additional corrective surgeries later in life. Fortunately, there is a more effective, non-surgical treatment available that produces a full correction of the foot in over 95%* of...