Ben's Friends Fundraiser

Hi Past & Present Ben's Friends Supporters! 
We really need your help. Our annual Ben's Friends fundraiser is way below goal. So far we are at $14k with many generous donations. But at the very least we need to be at $25k, and ideally at $35k or above. 
We're probably the most efficient non profit in the world, helping 125,000 patients per month with a budget of $3k per month. But even we can't survive on $14k. 

Please donate at our super easy Donation Page at Ben's Friends . A $5 donation will make a big donation. Everything is tax deductible!

We realize most members aren't in a position to donate. Those members can help by spreading the word about the fundraiser on the communities and on Facebook. 

We need your help to keep Ben's Friends alive and going strong!
We really need your help! Please donate, even if it's $5, that will really help.

(Co-Founder of Ben's Friend)

What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues — primarily your skin, joints and blood vessel walls. Connective tissue is a complex mixture of proteins and other substances that provides strength and elasticity to the underlying structures in your body.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen, specifically mutations in the COL5A and COL3A genes. The collagen in connective tissue helps tissues resist deformation. Collagen is an important contributor to the physical strength of skin, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and visceral organs; abnormal collagen renders these structures more elastic. 


Family and EDS

Does anyone else struggle with their family and their lack of support throughout your journey?   For myself, my mother makes it seem like I am a hypochondriac.  Like I have gone to the doctors and convinced them of all of the things that are wrong with me.  The funny things is, I have only complained of simple things, like a common cold or something like that.  Everything else, I have been told I have.  Plus, how do you make up aneurysms and AVM's?  Also, you don't get referred out to major…

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2 Replies · Reply by Kristin Conley on Friday

Head pain?

Hi everybody,Just looking for opinions. I have EDS-Hypermobility. In the past couple weeks I have had off and on pain on the top of my head. Almost like someone is pounding a hammer on my head. No neurological symptoms.I am a bit spooked.Any thoughts????

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1 Reply · Reply by Michaela Jan 4

Scalp Problem

I don't know why this embarasses me slightly but this is the place to ask: Does anybody else get scalp lesions? I realize I am lucky to have hair at all in my 50s, and the lesions don't show, but They do annoy. Anybody else in here?

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7 Replies · Reply by Kristin Conley 16 hours ago

Help Patients Just Like You By Joining Our Team Fundraising Campaign

ANNOUNCING OUR ANNUAL BENS FRIENDS FUNDRAISER!! All of our patient communities are banding together to raise funds by creating their own fundraising pages and engaging their friends, family, and community to support Ben's Friends. The money will help Ben’s Friends migrate to a new platform so we can create more communities. REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE ALONE?  THEN FINDING OTHERS LIKE YOU? Hello, it’s Ben here. I hope this message finds you well. You remember that feeling you had when you…

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Ben's Friends Member Survey

Thank you for taking time to participate in our survey.  We are so grateful that more than 1000 of you responded! We are now working on analyzing the data. We'll let you know of the survey results soon.

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