Donate to Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV Foundation


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$9,955 more needed

Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. Donations are managed by Network for Good.

Having a child with special needs, while extremely rewarding, can also be very challenging. Surrounding oneself with family, friends and community support is vital to face the day to day concerns of raising a child with disabilities. 

The Board of Directors for the Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV  Foundation respectfully invites you to join us by supporting our 4th educational conference for families with children affected by CMV.

Families spend 4 days meeting with experts to learn the latest on relevant news and treatments from medical specialists, hear about the latest assistive technology and equipment for the variety of special needs that challenge their CMV-affected child, and they build priceless community support and relationships with other families from around the country. 

Your tax-deductible donation earmarked for our Making Tracks Together conference will enable families from around the country to attend, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of attendance for this important event

This event is truly a life-changing experience for our CMV-affected families! We thank you in advance for your support of our very special families. 

About our Foundation:  We are a non-profit 501c3.  We are a dedicated foundation comprised of parents of CMV-affected children and leading CMV researchers and clinicians. The first non-profit foundation established to raise awareness of  congenital CMV, we are also the only non-profit foundation dedicated to financially supporting CMV vaccine research.     



  • CMV  is a common virus that causes birth defects.  
  • It is a leading cause of childhood disability in America.


  • EVERY HOUR a child is permanently disabled due to CMV! 
  • Approximately 8,000 children are permanently disabled each year!


  • 1 in 150 babies born is born positive to congenital CMV infection!  Of those, 1 in 5 will be born with or will develop permanent disability.


  • CMV can cause death, deafness, intellectual disability, seizures, brain damage,  cerebral palsy, blindness, growth problems and may cause autism.


  • CMV is the leading cause of non-hereditary childhood deafness.


  • CMV is the second leading cause of intellectual disability in America.


  • CMV is one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy in children in America. 
  • CMV is more common than Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, or Fetal Alcohol  Syndrome.


  • Approx. 40,000 children are born with congenital CMV infection each year in America.


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