Welcome to the SMILE Foundation
The SMILE Foundation is a ground breaking national charity that was established in 2007 to improve the quality of life of children with a rare disease or condition. SMILE provides financial assistance and case management services to affected families and supports research relating to rare childhood medical conditions.
SMILE is also committed to raising awareness of rare diseases, an area which in the past has often been sadly overlooked. In Australia today there are 8,000 rare diseases affecting over 2 million Australians including 400,000 children.
The SMILE Foundation makes a real impact on and lasting difference to the lives of kids with rare diseases through its Family Relief Program. To date, SMILE has given over 1000 grants to Australian families who often don’t receive any other financial help. Thanks to the generosity of the Myer Stores Community Fund, SMILE is fortunate to have a full time Case Manager who assists and supports families in accessing resources and services as well as advocating on their behalf.