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FSH Society for Muscular Dystrophy is One of “Ten Charities Worth Watching”
Date:5/15/2013

Lexington, MA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013

The Massachusetts-based FSH Society, Inc., has just been ranked among America’s “Ten Charities Worth Watching” by one of the nation’s leading charity watchdog organizations.

According to Charity Navigator, “Many of America's most effective charities are also household names. But some well-known charities are less effective than you'd think, while a number of lesser known charities are truly exceptional.” Among the latter is the FSH Society, a charity founded in 1991 by two patients affected with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, or FSHD, a genetic disorder striking an estimated 1 in 7,500 to 14,000 people.

The FSH Society’s inclusion in the highly prestigious list was announced on Charity Navigator’s website. “These 10 charities all operate on less than $2 million a year, but they all earn a four-star rating from Charity Navigator,” the website states. “We encourage you to learn more about them.”

FSHD is named for the body areas that are typically affected: the face (facio-), shoulder blades (scapula-) and upper arms (humeral). The disease weakens muscles in these regions, making it difficult to blink or smile, or raise the arms overhead. FSHD can also lay siege to leg, hip and trunk muscles, leading to falls, broken bones and dependence on a scooter or wheelchair. Some patients endure hearing loss.

The FSH Society has received Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for five years in a row, placing it among the top four percent of U.S. charity organizations. The rating indicates that the Society “adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently execu
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