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With TOS being a rare condition, there are currently no legitimate organizations dedicated to raising funds solely for TOS.  However, Dr. Robert Thompson runs an internationally recognized high volume TOS center in the U.S. at Washington University School of Medicine which is affiliated with nationally-ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization which supports the efforts of the clinical providers at Washington University Physicians.  The foundation has a separate fund dedicated to TOS for use by Dr. Thompson in his endeavors to advance TOS diagnosis and treatment as well as raise awareness of TOS.  The funds go towards a diverse set of needs such as patient care, research, equipment, education and/or training for TOS which includes mentoring and training surgeons from around the globe. One hundred percent (100%) of all gifts to this fund go directly to supporting TOS.  The foundation doesn’t take a cut or any administrative portion ever.  Past works of Dr. Thompson in this regard include developing and leading the Consortium for Outcomes Research and Education on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (CORE-TOS) along with other TOS specialists, hosting the first ever national conference dedicated solely to TOS from which came the first ever textbook dedicated to TOS, and countless research projects and publications.  If you are interested in donating to help with furthering these efforts, please click the button below:

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PLEASE NOTE:  TOS Outreach Network has no professional affiliation with Dr. Robert Thompson, Washington University School of Medicine, or Barnes-Jewish Hospital or its foundation.

“Free the Ribs” Awareness Sticker Campaign

One way to raise awareness of TOS is to raise overall awareness within the community and general public.  You can help with this by sporting one of these stickers wherever the public can see it.  They are easily removable and waterproof which is great for car windows or bumpers, but can also be used on whatever gear you would like.  To get your sticker, simply send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address below.  If you have friends or family that would like one, you may request up to five (5) at a time, so if you are requesting more than one, please indicate how many you would like.  NOTE:  Please make sure that the envelope you send is at least 5 inches long by 4 inches wide.

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TOS Outreach Network

P.O. Box 6471

St. Louis, MO 63006

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Share Your Story

There are certain times, particularly during awareness month, where we would like to share the stories of TOS patients who are willing.  Stories will be shared either via the social media accounts of TOS Outreach Network such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or on the TOS Outreach Network website.  When stories are shared, the identity of the patient will remain completely anonymous as well as the identities of the medical providers.  Please try to limit the length of the story to around three (3) paragraphs.  If you would like to submit your story to be shared, please click here to go to our Contact page and submit your story by filling out the contact form or send an email to using the subject line “Share My Story.”

Awareness Month

The first ever TOS Awareness Month took place in July 2023 sponsored by TOS Outreach Network.  This mainly consisted of a large and informative social media campaign involving daily posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  This will occur every year during the month of July.  To spread the word, we need as many people as possible to follow us on social media and to share the posts to all friends and followers.  The more people who are aware of TOS, the easier it will be for sufferers to get a diagnosis and treatment.  We would love for you to be a part of this movement!  Please use the buttons below to follow us on social media.

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To show your support on social media during awareness month, please use the image to the right as your profile picture.  Simply hover your mouse over the image and click the white download arrow button to download the image and save it to your computer.  Or click on the image to make it larger, and click the download arrow button at the top of the page. Then set the image as your profile picture on your social media accounts!

Or if you prefer to use a profile picture frame to show your support on social media during awareness month, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click/go to Twibbonize:

  2. Click "Choose Photo" - from there you can upload your photo from your smart phone camera roll or a folder on your desktop.

  3. Click “Next” after you have selected your photo and wait for the photo to render.

  4. Click "Download" and you will get a picture that you can then set as your profile picture for all your social media accounts. It should be saved either in your phone’s camera roll or in whichever folder you saved it to on your computer such as the downloads folder.

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