We recognize that when a child is living with an illness it impacts the entire family. We strive to ease this burden by developing partnerships that improve the quality of life for families with children living with serious diseases.
The Vertex Foundation partners with organizations to provide temporary support to patients and families by addressing the impacts of living with a serious illness and increasing access to wraparound services including:
- Mental health services and support
- Convenient housing and access to nutritious food
- Programs that improve quality of life for families with children living with serious diseases
Ronald McDonald House in Dublin, Ireland
In 2019, we granted €1 million to support the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House at the children's hospital in Dublin, Ireland.
The Painted Turtle
We support The Painted Turtle Camp’s Sibling Program, a week-long residential program for 125 siblings of children with serious illnesses.
We partner with Camp Sunshine to provide disease-specific retreats for children living with serious diseases, their siblings and their parents.
Ronald McDonald House in San Diego, CA
We funded a new Guest Services Office and Family Welcome Center at the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego, California. The space provides a comfortable place where families can meet with staff when they check in and receive support services throughout their stay
The Vertex Foundation Scholarship helps people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their families (siblings, caregivers and children) pursue two-year, three-year, four-year or graduate degrees by offsetting some of the cost of attending college or graduate school.
The Vertex Foundation awarded 88 scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year, changing the lives of those students and enabling them to take their education and lives further.
The scholarship is open to all legal residents of the U.S. or Canada who are full-time or part-time students in good academic standing at an accredited institution. Applicants must have been diagnosed with CF or be an immediate family member of someone diagnosed with CF. All selected recipients will receive an award of $5,000 USD/CAD.
The program for the 2023-2024 school year has closed. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will become available in late 2023.
The Vertex Foundation continues to contribute to our communities around the world and work with nonprofit partners having monumental impact. Whether it is providing meals and lodging to families of sick children to supporting innovative approaches to STEM education — the Foundation seeks to better lives.
When a child is living with a serious illness, it impacts the whole family. So, it is a joy to support unique summer camp experiences that are dedicated to the siblings of children with serious illnesses. SeriousFun Children's Network camps help children and their families reach beyond illness to discover joy, confidence and possibilities. The Vertex Foundation has supported camps since 2019.
The Vertex Foundation is expanding our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities to build new spaces for families in Spain, Germany and Italy; providing meal programs in Sweden; and supporting Ukrainian families.