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Founded in 1983 by Lyn Howard, MD and her patient, Clarence “Oley” Oldenburg, the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking. The Foundation also serves as a resource for consumer’s families, clinicians and industry representatives, and other interested parties. Programs are directed by the staff and guidance is provided by a board of dedicated professionals and patients.
About the Oley Foundation
A 2014 study by Chopy, et al. showed that the Oley Foundation gives members the tools and confidence they need to manage their complex therapy and enables them to achieve normalcy in their lives (A Qualitative Study of the Perceived Value of Membership in The Oley Foundation by Home Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Consumers. Chopy, et al. JPEN 2014; online 17 March 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0148607114527134). In addition, a study by University of Kansas demonstrated that after connecting with the Oley Foundation, HPN patients had fewer infections, experienced less depression, and enjoyed an improved quality of life (Home Parenteral Nutrition: Does Affiliation with a National Support and Education Organization Affect Outcomes? Smith, et. al., JPEN 2002;26: 159-163).
“The information and support I have received from Oley is so helpful.... It has definitely made my life easier, helped me be healthier, and to avoid complications!” –Tess H., HomePN consumer
“It is the ‘connections’ with those in the trenches that makes Oley such a wonderful support, and different from many organizations.” –Sue K., parent of a HomePEN consumer
“Oley saved my son’s life!” –Linda M., parent of a HomePN consumer
The Oley Foundation does not charge a fee for memberships, therefore you may join at no charge. Our many member benefits include:
Start-up funds for the Oley Foundation were provided by the Oldenburg family. Ongoing support comes from home PEN families, friends, clinicians and corporations. Click here for information on how you can support Oley.
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2/6/2017 » 2/10/2017
Feeding Tube Awareness Week
2/18/2017 » 2/21/2017
Oley exhibit at A.S.P.E.N.'s Clinical Nutrition Week