About US Thalidomide Survivors

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About Our Nonprofit Organization

US Thalidomide Survivors (USTS) is a nonprofit organization established in 2018 to support people with injuries caused by their mother taking thalidomide during early pregnancy (day 34 to day 50 after the start of the last menstrual period).

We also welcome people with phocomelia (malformations or absence of the arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes) caused by other conditions or syndromes.

Membership is open to people born or currently living in the United States.

Beginning with three people in a private Facebook group in 2016, the organization now includes approximately 60 people born between 1957 and 1964 with birth defects that were likely caused by in utero thalidomide exposure.

Our Mission 

Public Awareness

Correct the historical record and raise public awareness of the inaccurately reported number of "thalidomide babies" born in the United States.

Advocacy

Advocate for recognition and justice for all US thalidomide survivors, who have only recently discovered their true story in long hidden government records.

Information Exchange

Improve access to information and treatment for thalidomide-related medical conditions that continue to worsen as survivors age.

Support

Function as a peer support group for people with thalidomide-induced injuries, and similar conditions, born or currently living in the United States.

Board of Directors

US Thalidomide Survivors is run by a volunteer board of directors.

Jose G Calora

Jose G Calora

President

Gwen Reichmann

Gwen Reichmann

Vice President

Jane Gibbons

Jane Gibbons

Treasurer

Kimberly Arndt

Kimberly Arndt

Secretary

Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson

Communications Director

C Jean Grover

C Jean Grover

Member at Large

Bart Joseph

Bart Joseph

Member at Large

Leslie Mink

Leslie Mink

Member at Large

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