Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation
The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation began its ongoing relationship with the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF) when its directors were introduced to Lynn Anderson in 1996. She became an advocate for EB and founded EBMRF in 1991 after she and her husband lost two children to the devastating disease. Since then, Nu Skin distributors worldwide have joined with the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation in adopting the cause of finding a cure for EB.
The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation donates 25 cents from the sale of every Epoch® Glacial Marine Mud to EBMRF. Over the past 11 years, the Foundation has gifted millions of dollars to EB research, and looks forward to funding additional research that will eventually find a way to provide new skin to suffering children.
EBMRF is committed to finding a cure for EB through its partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine's Department of Dermatology. Stanford scientists have been focused on EB research for the past 19 years and are making great progress toward clinical trials in gene therapy and collagen treatments.
EB is a family of skin disorders that range in severity from mild to fatal and painfully affects as many as 100,000 children and young adults in the United States alone. Children with EB develop painful blisters and wounds on their skin from nearly any type of contact. This severely limits daily activity and requires extensive bandaging. EB patients are often referred to as "butterfly children" because of the delicate nature of their skin.
In 1996, the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation established a partnership with Seacology to help protect fragile island environments for indigenous people. Seacology operates in a unique manner by brokering directly with island communities to protect their environment. The community members themselves carry out the projects, thus defending their natural surroundings.
In 2008, Foundation dollars helped Seacology build 80 new schools, community centers, and other critically needed facilities in island communities, blessing more than 450 children. In Nukubalavu Village, Fiji, Seacology built a kindergarten as part of an agreement for local residents to establish and protect a 25,600-acre marine reserve. In addition to building educational facilities, Seacology also provides the scholarship funds for underprivileged children living in island communities. To date, Seacology has granted 750 academic scholarships.
In Papua New Guinea, village water and school supplies were given in exchange for preserving nearly 50,000 acres of coastal forest area for a minimum of 10 years in 2007. In the Philippines, a new water system was traded for the 30-year protection of a nearly 5,000-acre forest. In Vanuatu, the renovation of three historic school buildings was accepted as exchange for the protection of all bird species and hardwood trees in a 1,339-acre area.
Seacology projects are win-win conservation partnerships that help young people now and preserve the environment for generations to come, said Dr. Paul Cox, ethnobotanist and founder of Seacology. Through the continuous support we receive from the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation, a new generation of indigenous people is learning to care for their environment and carry on the unique cultures and traditions of their communities.
The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation is a major contributor to Seacology, with many of the funds generated from the sale of the Nu Skin Epoch® line of skin and hair care products.