Who We Support
The Beautiful You MRKH Foundation, INC.
MRKH is a congenital condition that leads to incomplete development of the female reproductive tract and results in primary infertility due to lack of ability to carry a child. MRKH occurs in 1 in 5000 females; most are diagnosed during high school, a devastating time to learn you were born differently. We survived this devastating diagnosis, fought hard battles as we accepted MRKH, and emerged as strong, determined, resilient and deeply caring women who understand and accept you just as you are–beautifully, perfectly, exquisitely you. The Beautiful You MRKH Foundation welcomes all who are affected by MRKH and the people who love them, and believe that through our differences, we will find our greatest strengths.
The mission of the Beautiful You MRKH Foundation is to create a supportive community that partners with health care professionals to increase awareness, promote self-esteem and empower women of all ages with MRKH to feel beautiful, just as they are.
Feel free to visit the Beautiful You MRKH Foundation's website: http://www.beautifulyoumrkh.org
GOALS of the Beautiful You MRKH Foundation:
- Support Teens, Women and Families! We administer the MRKH Support and Awareness Facebook site, manage the sister-to-sister mentoring program and provide various types of support for all who are affected by MRKH.
- Advocate for MRKH! We will spread the word about MRKH throughout the medical community, open dialogues about MRKH with the media and work hard to eliminate the shame and isolation that often accompanies a diagnosis of MRKH.
- Become the place to go for medically accurate information about MRKH. As we develop our website, we will add scientifically accurate content (vetted through our Scientific Advisory Board) and links to medically accurate websites and publicly available literature.
- Partner with physicians to improve the experience of all females with MRKH and provide funding to help defray the cost of medical treatment and counseling.
- Fund research into the causes of MRKH, as well as the short-term and long-term emotional impact of MRKH on women and teens.
Beautiful You MRKH Foundation ENVISIONS a world where:
- Physicians and their staff are knowledgeable and sensitive when diagnosing MRKH and treating women and teenagers with MRKH.
- MRKH is widely recognized and openly discussed within the medical field and within the general population.
- Women worldwide will have a safe online community where they can meet others and share their triumphs and heartaches.
- Reproductive opportunities are legal, safe and financially minimal.
About the Beautiful You MRKH logo:
Keith Kitz originally designed the Beautiful You MRKH logo for a dear friend of his who has MRKH. She graciously allowed the organization to use this logo for the Beautiful You MRKH Foundation. The MRKH Community enthusiastically adopted this logo with many people sending the organization photos of their tattoos highlighting the logo, they share these photos in a special photo album.
The motto of Beautiful You MRKH is, “through our differences, we will find our greatest strengths.” This flower represents the diverse, welcoming and caring community everyone with MRKH has created. This stylized flower showcases the beauty, strength, diversity and vulnerability of our MRKH family. The five differently colored petals represent the diversity the organization wholeheartedly embraces. They also represent stylized portraits of the female anatomy. Those with MRKH are born with incomplete development of the female reproductive tract. The green petal showcases how the uniqueness of anatomy, as well as physical and emotional vulnerability, is central to the strength and beauty of the whole flower. Without these differences, each petal would be the same. Each individual brings something unique that, as a whole, creates a more beautiful flower.
Jaclyn (Schultz) Misch - Miss Michigan USA, 2013, jumped feet-first into the national spotlight when she became a contestant on "Survivor: San Juan del Sur - Blood vs. Water." on CBS Television.
Jaclyn is, also, the spokeswoman for the “Beautiful You MRKH Foundation.” MRKH is a syndrome that is present at birth, causing women – including her – to be born without a uterus. Jaclyn has been working to spread awareness and provide support to girls and women across the globe who are diagnosed.