The Benjamin Harry Peikin Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in Massachusetts, funds life-changing medical procedures for children who cannot breathe, swallow or speak well on their own. With our elite medical teams from Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (“Mass Eye & Ear”) and Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”) in Boston, Massachusetts, other premier medical institutions, and the United States Navy and Marines, we hope to improve the lives of children and their families through comprehensive treatment.
The Foundation provides financial support for cutting-edge medical research being performed through a partnership between Mass Eye & Ear and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to understand the immunologic impact of Juvenile Recurrent Respiratory Papilloma (“JRRP”), a disease caused by the Human Papillomavirus (“HPV”), on children.
The study goal is to develop an active immunological vaccine to prevent the recurrence of papillomas in children. Our medical teams collect tissue samples that are used to find ways to combat JRRP.
The Foundation provides financial support for its medical mission initiative, Operation Airway, in partnership with Mass Eye & Ear and MGH. Medical teams remove papillomas from children's airways and perform critical reconstructive airway surgery for children who suffer from a host of medical conditions that make it extremely difficult or impossible to breathe, swallow or speak independently. They also provide post-operative care for the children and their families.
The Foundation provides financial support for the education of doctors, patients and their families regarding HPV and JRRP and other conditions that impact breathing, swallowing and voice.
The Foundation is also funding the development of a revolutionary medical laser, that is theragnostic, combining therapeutics with optical diagnostics, specifically designed for dual-functionality: to simultaneously see inside a child’s airway and perform surgical procedures with greater accuracy.