The Sturge-Weber Foundation

The Sturge-Weber Foundation, founded in 1987, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving those affected by Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS), Port-Wine Birthmarks, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, glaucoma, and seizures through education, research, caregiver care, and patient advocacy. The SWF partners with dedicated physicians and researchers to develop new treatments and search for a cure.

In 2013, with the help of a team of researchers, we discovered the gene that causes SWS. The discovery of the GNAQ somatic mutation was made possible by the SWF laying the groundwork through years of advocacy on the Hill and the National Institutes of Health, exhibiting at academy conferences, spreading awareness and engaging researchers as well as using your critical donations to fund all that and research grants.

Today, we have a team of over 25 Clinical Care Network centers that provide the comprehensive care necessary for treating adults and children who have a port wine (PW) birthmark, Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS), or Klippel-Trenaunay (KT).

SWS may be a rare disease, but together we are stronger when we unite!

Together, we UNITE for a bigger voice.

Together , we UNITE for a lighter workload.

Together, we UNITE to learn more and achieve greater results.

Condition Awareness & Advocacy

Here is a list of conditions this partner raises awareness and advocacy for: 

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Additional links

The Branching Out Magazine is a quarterly publication produced by the Sturge-Weber Foundation and is available for download.

Patient Stories that will inspire and offer hope!

Official SWF Brochures are available to download and free to print and share. Including Emergency Guide in English and Spanish, Color Me Different coloring book, research and general information brochures, and more!

Our resource materials, will provide educattion on various topics.

Our Programs for Professionals is designed to bring together researchers and physicians to learn and collaborate on all SWS-related topics.

Patient Worthy Posts on the Sturge-Weber Foundation​