Your Beacon Purchase Makes a Difference!

In the spirit of bringing light – and happiness! – to gardens everywhere, PanAmerican Seed will donate 3% of its global Beacon Impatiens sales to a less-widely known charitable organization each year.

For the 2020 garden season, the donation will go to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OI). The MISSION of the OI Foundation is to improve the quality of life for those living with osteogenesis imperfecta through research, education, awareness and mutual support.

“Shining light on OI, a rare disorder, is one way PanAmerican Seed as a company can put the devastating effects of Impatiens downy mildew behind us, and put the next generation of garden Impatiens to work for others,

– Sean Valk, Global Director of Sales for PanAmerican Seed.

It is estimated that approximately 25,000 to 50,000 people in the United States alone have OI.

The OI Foundation began in 1970, when a small group of parents from around the nation met in Chicago to discuss OI and its problems. At that time, they banded together to stimulate public and professional interest, support families and encourage research. Today, many of the people who serve on the board of directors and oversee the Foundation's operation have OI themselves or are parents of children with OI.


Did You Know?

There is evidence that OI has affected people since ancient times. It has been recognized in an Egyptian mummy of an infant from about 1000BC.