The 13th Annual Walk of Hope for ALS was a huge success with close to 1,000 walkers and family members participating. As in past years, doves were released just prior to the Walk. Over 60 teams set off to walk the 3.5 mile walk around Lake Quannapowitt all raising funds for ALS research.
The Angel Fund unveiled the “Step up to Cure ALS” campaign – a fundraising campaign to raise ~ $4,000,000 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research. This funding will assist world renowned ALS researcher Dr. Robert H Brown, Jr. and his research team at UMass Medical School in bringing critical research to clinical trial.
Dr. Brown and the UMass Gene Therapy Center team are working on exciting cutting-edge research using gene therapy to silence ALS genes.
The Angel Fund’s goal is to bring the research to human trials as quickly as possible. The Angel Fund announced with the help of events, sponsors and supporters have already raised $1.5 million towards the goal!
On of the highlights of the Walk was the huge ice bucket challenge to thank Pete Frates and his family for creating such awareness to ALS and the critical need for research to find a treatment and cure.
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The Angel Fund is embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise $4,000,000 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research. This funding will assist world renowned ALS researcher Dr. Robert H Brown, Jr. and his research team at UMass Medical School in bringing critical research to clinical trial.
Dr. Brown and the UMass Gene Therapy Center are working on exciting cutting-edge research using gene therapy to silence ALS genes. It is the Angel Fund’s goal to bring the research to human trials as quickly as possible.
We will be kicking off this campaign at the Walk of Hope for ALS on September 6th. See who is Stepping Up for The Angel Fund.
For the 17th year, Maureen Neil and her two sons Mike and Chris memorialized their husband/father Jimmie Neil who passed away from ALS in 1997. The family hosted a benefit raffle and softball game since 1998 to keep Jimmie Neil alive in the hearts and minds of all the people knew him as a man who was always laughing and pleasant, who would help everyone, and never said a bad word about anyone.
The 17th Annual Jimmie Neil Raffle and Softball Game to benefit The Angel Fund was held on September 5th, 2014 at St. Peter’s Field on Sherman Street in North Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The softball game was between the Central, East, North and West Little League All Stars in this annual event for The Angel Fund.
Thanks to the Neil family and supporters for making this event so successful!!!
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral on social media and has already raised more than $1 million thanks to Pete Frates, 29, of Beverly!
Pete was diagnosed with ALS two years ago at the age of 27 and has been tireless in his efforts to raise awareness for the disease and the critical need for research funding to find a cure. Pete and his family started the local ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to create awareness. Now millions of people have taken the challenge which has moved from Massachusetts to other parts of the country and the world!
Here’s how it works …When a person is nominated, they accept the challenge and within 24 hours they must dump a bucket of water with ice cubes over their head and post the video to social media or donate $100 to ALS research. They, in turn, challenge three others and post their video to social media to spread the word.
Participants can also make a donation to an ALS charity recommended by Pete, one of which is The Angel Fund. We thank those who have chosen The Angel Fund to donate their Ice Bucket Challenge funds.
Let’s help Pete and others living with ALS by joining The Angel Fund to Strike out ALS………. You may donate now!
You can see some of the ice bucket challenge videos by clicking here.
The Angel Fund’s support of ALS research at the Day Lab at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, under the direction of Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. has helped fund a critical ALS breakthrough. The gene EphA4 is the center of the research that was discovered by a Belgium doctor, Dr Brown and other researchers. Dr Brown stated that suppressing EphA4 may be a new way to treat ALS.