We DARE to Believe

Driving research is at the center of what we do because we DARE to believe there is a cure for Adult Refsum Disease. 

Our Mission

Global DARE Foundation's mission is to promote world-wide awareness and better quality of life for all who are diagnosed with Adult Refsum Disease. 

Our goal is to support research, education initiatives, awareness campaigns, and advocacy.

Read Global DARE Foundation's 2021 Annual Report to learn how we are achieving our mission

What is Refsum Disease?

Refsum Disease is a genetic disorder impacting the metabolism of phytanic acid.  The key symptoms are Retinitis Pigmentosa, loss of smell, hearing loss, numbness, balance issues, itchy skin, shortened fingers and toes.  

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Refsum Diet

Review the details about the Low Phytanic Acid Diet used for Long Term Management of Refsum Disease.  Following this diet can slow vision and hearing loss and lessen other symptoms.

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Refsum Patient Registry

Help us bring patients, families, clinicians and researchers together to gain a better understanding of Refsum Disease

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