“My daughter and I thank you very much for your help! Thank you for the time spent and the quick response to her questions. We wish you and your members good luck and courage in your continuing battle for justice!

Yours sincerely,“

J.M. & M.M., Switzerland 





“It was interesting to read the site, and the support that is given to thalidomide victims. Born in India-1958 with an underdeveloped left palm which looks more like a babie’s foot. I struggled on my own, with no financial support of any kind. It was hard to drive a car, play a musical instrument, even being bullied at times. I coped on the strength of my right hand, which now pains at the elbow. I am now 53 and on reading your site I felt good, realizing that I am not alone in this struggle.”

D.H., Australia  





“I am a South African veterinary nurse student. One of my subjects is Pharmacology. In this subject we learned about this tragedy, something I have never heard of before even though I am 27 years old already! We were given this lecture as an example of why drug control is so very important. It opened my eyes to a process of which I knew little about but only saw as an annoyance, the registration and strict control of drugs. The event, however tragic has opened the eyes even as far as South Africa so many years later.”

L.P., South Africa  





“Thank you so much for responding. After looking into it further although my deformity does resemble some of the victims of Thalidomide I don't think I am actually a victim myself. I was born in Canada in April of 1967 which I don't think falls into the time frame of Thalidomide. I do again thank you for your response!”

P.B., Canada 




"Our daughter’s research project has been an excellent opportunity for our entire family to gain a greater awareness of the history of thalidomide, and the many challenges the survivors have faced. Thank you for all you do and for helping our daughter gain a greater understanding. Our daughter is in grade 8 and will be presenting this to her entire school. [It is] So important to increase awareness."

 S.M., Ontario, Canada





"My first experience with TVAC was at an AGM in 1993 in Montreal at the Hotel Auberge des Gouverneurs. I met so many interesting & unique people. Meeting all these new people was like looking at myself in a mirror & seeing myself in a completely different way for the first time in my life. It was a life changing experience for me!!!

Sincerely, "

Terry Vachon, Ontario, Canada




"TVAC has been a wonderful support network and a wealth of information related to thalidomide.  Their most important role being their recommendations to the S.T.E.P.S. program (System for Thalidomide Education and Prescribing Safety) in relation to the re-marketing of thalidomide in the United States.

In addition, the Accommodation Program has helped many Canadian thalidomiders  with assistance towards accommodation in the home, education, counselling and many other necessities of life ".

Lee Ann Dalling, Nova Scotia, Canada




"TVAC occupies a singular and unique place in our society.  This group of individuals has come together to remind people of the vulnerability of the human condition, to demonstrate humankind's extraordinary capacities and abilities to adapt to a constraining environment and to showcase the willingness of physically challenged individuals to contribute to society out of a unique sense of creativity and social responsibility.  I would even go so far as to say that we will, one effort at a time, continue to set our stamp on history, as only individuals who have survived the thalidomide tragedy would be capable of doing."

Mercédes Benegbi, Executive Director and survivor of the thalidomide tragedy.


If you wish to share any thoughts or experiences related to TVAC or the thalidomide tragedy, please write to us, we are looking forward to hear from you.