• Our Mission

    Our Mission

    Our mission at PCD Smiles is to bring smiles to hospitalized primary ciliary dyskinesia, no mater their age; through the gift of a cheer package. Currently serving only The United States and Canada.
  • Request Cheer Package

    Request Cheer Package

    Know of a hospitalized primary ciliary dyskinesia patient? Please visit our “Request a Cheer Package” link and fill out our secured form to submit them for a cheer package today!
  • Donations

    Donations

    Our cheer package program runs on donations. To see how you can help PCD Smiles, visit our donations section today!
  • The PCD Artist Project is a collaborative effort by artist to raise awareness for PCD & support the PCD Smiles cheer package program. Visit our exhibits today!
  • ACT Series, 7: Postural Drainage & Percussion (PD&P)

    ACT Series, 7: Postural Drainage & Percussion (PD&P)

    As we continue our deep dive into airway clearance when percussion is added to postural drainage it is known as postural drainage and percussion or PD&P in the United States. PD&P is also known by...
  • ACT Series, 6: Postural Drainage

    ACT Series, 6: Postural Drainage

    As we continue our deep dive into airway clearance the first technique for airway clearance was postural drainage (PD). This technique was first seen in a 1934 paper by H.P. Nelson. It operated on...
  • ACT Series, 5; Autogenic Drainage

    ACT Series, 5; Autogenic Drainage

    As we continue our deep dive into airway clearance our second breathing technique for airway clearance is autogenic drainage (AD). This technique was developed in 1967 by Jean Chevaillier and was...
  • ACT Series, 4; Active Cycle Breathing

    ACT Series, 4; Active Cycle Breathing

    As we continue our deep dive into airway clearance our second, most basic, and next easiest airway clearance technique (ACT) is breathing. Breathing is another important part to all other airway...

We are excited to announce that PCD Smiles is now no longer just a Minnesota nonprofit charity, we achieved our 501(c)(3) status in the Fall of 2023. Our goal is to ensure that our mission of sending smiles to all PCD patients can continue into the future with confidence. To make this happen we need you! Please consider donating in honor of your PCD loved one or in honor of our Founder Reneé Dale’s fiftieth birthday this month.

Reneé is the driving force behind PCD Smiles’s mission of sending smiles and providing her PCD peers an outlet during stressful moments, procedures, and treatment during hospitalizations to help ease any trauma or discomfort. Activities, crafts, and stuffies where a big part of helping Reneé through her hospitalizations over the years. She still enjoys many of these same activities to this day, especially when hospitalized. Although her primary focus is on her love quilting and sewing; her passion is on her fine art pieces where she specializes in pen and ink. She credits her art and quilting to having PCD. For without PCD she may never have needed to slow down at times, which gave her the chance to master her art.

As we move forward we look to ensure a lasting legacy of patient smiles, support, and advocacy for PCD patients worldwide. Please help us continue our mission today by considering donating to our Founder’s Birthday Fundraiser. Won’t you consider donating $5.00 so we can continue to send cheer packages to hospitalized PCD, no matter their age, today? Or how about committing to a monthly reoccurring donation? Any amount will help and your donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

 

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Fabric Fun, Accepting Donations

Fabric Fun, Accepting Donations

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Random Fact Friday 2024.54

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