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Improving the quality of life together

Our Mission

The Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation works worldwide to improve the quality of life for people with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.
Caring for the caregivers

Family Support

In addition to informal networking, family mentorship, and social media interfaces such as Facebook, the SLO Foundation sponsors a national scientific and family medical conference every other year to support families affected by SLOS.

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The Foundation works for you.


After families receive a diagnosis of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, they are often challenged in finding credible information and support. Parents’ time and energy can be consumed by caring for their child who is living the real-time challenges of SLOS, leaving little left to seek, explore, and advocate for themselves.

As an advocate for families, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation shoulders the efforts in networking and in gathering information from those living and working with SLO. The Foundation fosters relationships and disseminates useful information to help relieve some of the stresses involved in living with the syndrome.

Discovering more ➟ our mission for more ➟

Research advances our mission

Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome is a lifelong disorder with no cure and limited treatment options. It is often misunderstood.

Many individuals who have the syndrome remain undiagnosed for long periods of time or indefinitely.

It is the goal of the Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation to fund research that fosters an understanding of SLOS for a proper and clear diagnosis, effective treatments, and ultimately a cure.

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Moving forward with gratitude

News & Events

Rare Disease Day • Beyond the Diagnosis image featuring Lexi
Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation

Rare Disease Day

Happy Rare Disease Day! The Beyond the Diagnosis exhibit at the EVERSANA National Meeting featured one of our own.

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Andy & Jukie Doran looking at each other and laughing
Fundraising Event
Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation

Jukie Jones Duren Fundraiser

A 2024 endowment fundraiser to provide an eventual annual source of support for the Foundation to help SLOS families.

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Fundraising Event
Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation

Giving Hearts Day 2024

Giving Hearts Day is February 8th, 2024.
Support us today or during this incredible
giving day of generosity and support!

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Carson Gallagher laughing with two people in art room
Fundraising Event
Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation

Carson’s Canvas Creations

Funds earned from Carson’s artwork support the Carson Gallagher Endowed Fund to benefit the Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation.

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James shaves hair for SLOS
Fundraising Event
Smith-Lemli-Opitz Foundation

James Shaves for SLOS

James raised over $1,300 for the SLOS Foundation with his hair shave, beating his goal of raising $1,000 for the charity.

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You cannot hope to build a better world
without improving the individuals.
To that end, each of us
must work for his own improvement,
and at the same time,
share a general responsibility for all humanity,
our particular duty being to aid those
to whom we think we can be most useful.”

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You don’t have to go through life with Smith-Lemli-Optiz syndrome alone. Be in this together with us.