Please read the Champ Foundation Registry (“CFR”) Privacy Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) and the Website (defined below) terms and conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) prior to using any portion of this website (“CFR”).  By using the CFR, you agree to all the terms of the Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, you may not use any portion of the CFR.

The CFR is owned and operated by The Champ Foundation, a US 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The Champ Foundation respects your privacy and has written this Privacy Policy to make you aware of the information The Champ Foundation collects from you, how that information is protected, and how it is used.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Privacy Policy, or you feel that The Champ Foundation is not abiding by its posted Privacy Policy, please contact us via email at or by mail (The Champ Foundation, 4711 Hope Valley Road, 4F PMB 1171, Durham, NC 27707).


The Champ Foundation respects your privacy. The Privacy Policy outlines the type of information The Champ Foundation collects from the users of the Website and how it is shared with other parties. We reserve the right to modify the Privacy Policy at any time, and without prior notice, by posting amended terms and conditions on the Website.  We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy periodically for any updates or changes. 

Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Information

Collection of Information. All of the information you provide to The Champ Foundation will be maintained in a secure, HIPAA compliant database, and any information that could identify you will not be shared without your express consent per the informed consent document.

Use and Disclosure of Information. Identified and de-identified data may be shared outside of this database, with your express consent per the informed consent document.  Your data may be shared with the following:  (1) Representatives of The Champ Foundation, (2) Researchers, doctors, or scientific laboratories working under an IRB-approved protocol who are researching SLSMD disorders and/or mitochondrial diseases; (3) Researchers under an IRB-approved protocol who are collecting, testing, storing, and analyzing biospecimen samples; (4) Organizations and/or institutions who may host surveys or questionnaires outside of the CFR; (5) Pharmaceutical companies and other for-profit companies interested in investigating in tests or treatments for SLSMD disorders and/or mitochondrial disease or for recruiting in future clinical trials. (6) Patient Advocacy Organizations and other non-profit organizations who are pursuing treatments SLSMD disorders and/or mitochondrial disease; (7) Ordinal Data, Inc., the technology company who builds and maintains the infrastructure (e.g. website and database) behind the CFR. (8) Castle Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research oversight.

Any information you provide to third parties, whom you have contacted through the CFR will be subject to their policies with respect to privacy and nondisclosure of information.  We encourage you to familiarize yourself with those policies.

The Champ Foundation may employ independent contractors, vendors, and suppliers (“Outside Contractors”) to provide specific services and products related to the Website or to the services provided on the Website, including but not limited to, performing general statistical analysis, maintaining an email suppression list as may be required by state and/or federal law, fraud screening, testing and implementation of special services to users, and developing applications for the Website and the services provided on the Website.  These Outside Contractors may have limited access to information collected on the Website, including personally identifiable information, in the course of providing such products or services.

Withdrawal of Information

You may withdraw from the CFR at any time, for any reason. However, if you withdraw your consent, your data collected prior to withdrawing may remain part of the study database and may not be removed. Additionally, any information that was already released to external parties may be irretrievable. In addition, the CFR may not be able to delete certain information to comply with the law.

Protection of User Information

All users are required to review and abide by the Website Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy.  The Champ Foundation will use commercially reasonable methods to protect the security of information and data submitted to the Website. Users should keep in mind, however, that no Internet transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free.  Where you use passwords, ID numbers, or other special access features on the Website, you should take special care to safeguard them.

Ownership of Information

All of the information you provide to the CFR in connection with the Website is managed and owned by The Champ Foundation. You may withdraw from the CFR at any time, for any reason. To withdraw, simply click the “withdraw” button on your registry account page. However, if you withdraw your consent, your data collected prior to withdrawing may remain part of the study database and may not be removed. Additionally, any information that was already released to external parties may be irretrievable. In addition, the CFR may not be able to delete certain information to comply with the law.

Third-Party Notifications/Advertising

The Champ Foundation reserves the right, in its discretion, to allow third parties to provide advertising or notices when you visit the Website. These companies may use information you provided on this Website (excluding your name, address, email address, or telephone number) and other sites in order to provide advertisements or relevant notifications on the Website and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. The Champ Foundation will encourage such companies to follow best practices with respect to the collection and use of non-personally identifiable information and personally identifiable information that was not obtained from your participation on the Website; however, The Champ Foundation assumes no responsibility for the activities of the third parties with respect to the collection and use of such information.


When you visit the Website, we may send one or more cookies to your computer that will uniquely identify your browser.  In addition, in the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertisers may place or recognize a unique "cookie" on your browser.  A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user.  Cookies may be used by The Champ Foundation to enable it to track and target the interests of users to enhance their experience on the Website.  Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on the Website.  If a user rejects the cookie, they may still use the Site.  Some of The Champ Foundation’s business partners, advertisers and sponsors use cookies, but The Champ Foundation has no access to or control over these cookies.

Log Files; Web Beacons

The Champ Foundation may use log file information sent by your web browser (which may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser language, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform type, and other information) to analyze trends, administer the Site, track the movement of users, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

The Champ Foundation may also employ “web beacons” (also known as clear gifs) to track online usage patterns of users.  This information is not linked to personally-identifiable information.  Web beacons may also be employed for tracking and receipt purposes in connection with web-based emails we send to users.

Website Links

The Website may contain links to other Web sites.  The Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected on or submitted to the Website.  The Champ Foundation is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites linked to the Website or third-party advertisements served on the Website. The Champ Foundation encourages users to read the privacy policies of websites and third-party advertisers when they connect to them through the Website.

Communications From the CFR

We will notify users of updates and other valuable information about the CFR, the Website and related clinical and research information.  By using the Website, or registering or subscribing for services provided on or through the Website, users consent to being contacted by The Champ Foundation and related entities, and to receiving such updates and information.

The Champ Foundation encourages related entities, including its business partners, to follow best practices with respect to email communications, security and privacy.  However, The Champ Foundation cannot control, and assumes no responsibility for, any contact of users by related entities, including its advocacy partners.

In the case of emails coming the CFR, such emails will clearly be from the CFR and will include instructions on how to unsubscribe from future emails.

Required Disclosures

The Champ Foundation reserves the right to disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to: (i) conform to the edicts of law or comply with legal process served on The Champ Foundation; (ii) protect and defend the rights of The Champ Foundation, and (iii) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Website or the public.

Contact Us; Member Accounts

If a user elects to contact The Champ Foundation through contact information provided on the Website, or registers for an account, the user may be asked for any of the following: name, password, e-mail address, e-mail subject and a message containing their inquiry (in the case of a “contact us” inquiry), and certain profile and account information (in the case of a member account registration). The Champ Foundation stores this data in order to reply to the submitted inquiry or to establish and service the member account.  The submitted information is then owned by The Champ Foundation and subject to the terms detailed in the Privacy Policy.

Children Under The Age Of Thirteen (13)

The Champ Foundation is unable to prevent children under the age of thirteen (13) from visiting the Website; however, no part of our Website is directed at or intended for persons under the age of thirteen (13).  If you are under the age of thirteen (13), please do not access the Website at any time or in any manner.  In order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, The Champ Foundation will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13).  By providing personally identifiable information through the Website including, but not limited to, your name and e-mail address, you represent and warrant that you are at least thirteen (13) years of age and that you agree to comply with the Privacy Policy.  If, at any time, The Champ Foundation learns that personally identifiable information has been collected from persons under the age of thirteen (13) without verified parental consent, The Champ Foundations will take the appropriate steps to delete such information.

Notification Of Changes

You should review the Privacy Policy whenever you use the Website in order to be aware of the ways that your information is used.  The Champ Foundation reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy at any time, without prior notice.

Data Security

Data that we collect is stored in a commercial-grade, cloud-based, HIPAA compliant, secure data center. Data is backed up daily. Offsite backups may be held by a third party to guard against data loss. Appropriate security measures minimize risks such as loss of confidentiality, identity theft, electronic fraud/security breaches, electronic monitoring, stalking or bullying, hacking, and phishing. Only authorized personnel can access the data center. All data transmission (uploading and downloading) occurs over secure, encrypted channels.


The CFR is deeply committed to issues of privacy and identity. The CFR will take every available measure to protect personal information against loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, and deletion. The information you provide to the CFR will be maintained in a secure database. While we will do our best to keep your personal information private, we cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality.