The board of the Pediatric Spine Foundation recently voted to close the current foundation in response to an opportunity to help create a much larger entity. Currently, there are two large, established foundations focusing on pediatric spine: The Children’s Spine Foundation and the Growing Spine Foundation. The study groups that they each support recently combined to form one study group, the Pediatric Spine Study Group, or PSSG. The next logical step forward was for the two foundations to combine into one.

The decision to close our current foundation was motivated by changes over the past year in that the FDA approved both anterior vertebral body tethering and a posterior dynamic system (ApiFix). Now, the other study group and foundations (soon to combine into one) can support research, education, and patient travel on motion preserving technologies, which as you know is the core mission of our current foundation. It therefore made sense to close our foundation and allow the other group to use our name and carry on in a much larger capacity.

Since I was instrumental in founding the Children’s Spine Foundation and study group, I will continue to be closely involved in the new endeavor.

I hope that you will continue to support the new Pediatric Spine Foundation just as you have supported the current foundation to date. We have accomplished some great things, including supporting travel for numerous families’ consultations and excellent research on documenting and validating motion assessment methodologies. This research will be critical to proving that the new motion preserving technologies are preferable to fusion.

Thank you so much for your generous support to date. We will keep you posted as this transition takes place.

Please visit the The Children’s Spine Foundation website.

Sincerely yours,
Randal R. Betz


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