3 for 99® Charity is a qualified 501c3 organization that grows awareness and raises funds for the medical research divisions of these three children’s diseases: Friedreich’s Ataxia, Hemophilia and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. Most individuals have onset of symptoms of FA between the ages of 5 and 18 years . About one in 50,000 people in the United States have Friedreich's ataxia.
Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder that prevents the blood from clotting normally. The primary symptom is uncontrolled, often spontaneous bleeding in different areas of the body. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage. The number of people with hemophilia in the United States is estimated to be about 20,000 individuals.
Duchenne is a devastating muscle disease that appears in young boys, usually between ages 2 and 5. Historically, most boys who have it do not survive beyond their mid-twenties, and those that do will be using a wheelchair by age 12 and experience social isolation. Nearly 20,000 boys are living with the disease in the United States alone.