About the LaPlante Foundation

The Elizabeth & Claire LaPlante Foundation, Inc. was created in honor of Dr. Jon LaPlante’s wife, Elizabeth, who lost her life to suicide following their daughter Claire’s unexpected death from a severe Adenovirus infection. Jon’s MISSION is simple: To change outcomes and save lives in the two areas that devastated his own family as well as many other families:

1)  Suicide Prevention: To change the shortcomings in our nation’s current approach to suicide prevention by providing highly effective alternative medical treatments with Ketamine and various support options for Acutely Suicidal individuals. The foundations suicide survivor network, currently in development, will connect acutely suicidal patients with actual survivors, who are uniquely positioned to provide their own personal experience with suicide and their genuine empathy and understanding through private one-on-one personal interactions. These non-judgmental interpersonal networks have proven to be an essential and critical component in the treatment of the acutely suicidal mind.

2)  Adenovirus Treatment: To educate and raise awareness of the potential life-threatening effects of Adenovirus to immediately identify, intervene, and effectively implement life-saving therapies for patients. In addition, the Foundation has created and funds a $50,000 annual educational scholarship at West Virginia University in honor of his daughter, Claire, who was a student there when she became ill with a severe adenovirus infection and subsequently died 8 weeks later from the infection.

In addition to the primary goals of The Elizabeth & Claire Foundation, Inc.  as noted above, the foundation has created and funds a $50,000 yearly educational scholarship at the West Virginia University in honor of his daughter, Claire.

The Foundation is currently operating a Pilot Program based in Morgantown, WV to provide acutely suicidal patients with rapid access to needed Ketamine treatments and access to the Foundation’s Suicide Survivor network.