About Us

PERTHES KIDS FOUNDATION was originally established in 2007, by CBS Survivor: Fiji Winner, Earl Cole, in partnership with the University of Kansas Endowment Fund, as the Earl Cole Fund for Perthes Research. In 2015, Perthes Kids Foundation became an independent, non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), solely dedicated to Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. Cole was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease as a child and founded this charity to help raise awareness, funds, further research, find a cure, and connect others dealing with this rare hip bone disease. With a combined social network of 20,000+ strong, Perthes Kids Foundation is the leading organization dedicated to a growing community of parents, kids, doctors, family members and adults with Perthes, from all over the world, working together to take action, advocate, educate, and support each other, as we fight this disease.

Perthes Kids Foundation has a mission to make an immediate, positive impact, on the lives of children diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. Our work has been featured in various media outlets, such as CBS, FOX, People magazine, GOOD magazine and Yahoo! News. We are also co-producers on a film documentary (Crutch, 2019 release date) about a world renowned artist & skateboarder with bilateral Perthes disease, that features our USA camp and some of our Perthes Kids. We encourage visitors of this website to share and/or donate to our cause, in helping children and adults, dealing with the pain of Perthes disease. All donations are tax deductible (Federal Tax ID: 47-3841121). 

New Perthes Kids Fly Free Program

Perthes Kids Foundation has recently formed a partnership with Miracle Flights, to provide free flights for kids with Perthes disease to attend Camp Perthes USA & visit Perthes doctors around the country! See the national press release here:

New Partnership Gives Kids in Pain Wings to Fly