The Angel Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ALS investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research, internationally recognized for its ground-breaking work in the fight against this devastating illness.
The Angel Fund was established in 1997 by Ginny Delvecchio, herself an ALS patient. Ginny knew ALS all too well: both her mother and her brother had died of the same illness. Ginny's spirit prevailed, however, and she worked tirelessly raising awareness of ALS and funds for research until the disease robbed her of the ability to do so. She died of ALS in August of 1998.


The 13th Annual Walk of Hope for ALS begins and ends on Wakefield’s lower Common, on the shores of beautiful Lake Quannapowitt. The 3.5-mile level route runs parallel to the lake, providing a picturesque walk for walkers of all ages and abilities. Take part in the walk, raise money through pledges and donations, and participate in activities on the Common! Refreshments will be available for all walkers at the conclusion of the walk. This family-friendly event raises funds that directly benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Lab at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

We encourage you to join in this celebration of hope by walking, and raising money, for those who are living with ALS, or in memory of those who are no longer with us.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Walk on September 6th in Wakefield. It promises to be an exciting day with the kickoff of our $4 million fundraising campaign and the Walk of Hope group ice bucket challenge!

Just a few reminders:
  • Registration will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Your team is registered for the Walk, so please have your walkers go right to the Pre-Registered line to sign in. They can drop-off any checks that they may have at that time.
  • Walkers will receive a t-shirt, a lunch bracelet and a bag at the registration tables. Hot coffee, compliments of Honey Dew Donuts will be available in the food tent.
  • The Walk around Lake Quannapowitt will start at 11 a.m. after the release of the doves.

Throughout the day…. 


There will be plenty of activities prior to the Walk. For those who want to warm up, we will have a Zumba class by PUMPS for Women Fitness, and a children’s fitness class by NE Fitness Design.

To keep the kids entertained, there will be facepainting and plenty of activities.The North Shore Corvettes will again showcase their cars.

Team photos will be taken and a videographer will be taping testimonials as part of our $4 million Step Up to Cure ALS campaign. 

After the walk….

Food and drinks will be available for all walkers. Special thanks to our food and beverage providers: Prince Restaurant – pizza; Dockside Restaurant – mac and cheese; Kings - pulled pork sliders;  Old Neighborhood – hot dogs; Poland Springs – water; Nestles – iced coffee. We’ll also have salad, power bars and more.


We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, September 6th.!

For more information call 781-245-7070.

Register today!

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Walk of Hope for ALS – Teams

On September 6th we will walk and raise funds for ALS research.

Here are some of the teams that will be joining us.

Allen’s A Team

Amy’s Army

Arthur’s Eagles

Barry’s Buddies

Dorothy’s Darlings

Family Making Footprints

For Catherine

Friends of Earl

Future of Dentistry

George’s Angels

Ginny’s Gang

Grampy Beatty’s Troop

Jiminy Crickets

Johnston Family

June’s Joggers

Kelly Krew

Kiss My ALS, Joyce’s Journey

KM313 Team

Lydon Team

Many Rivers to Cross-Sean Lucey

Margie’s Irish Inspiration

Mike’s March

Mrs B #BologneseStrong

Nahant Real Estate Associates Babes Walking for Earl

Nana’s Bananas

Patty’s Angels

Pauline’s Pack

Peter’s Pirates

Rossicone Girls

Stella-Brate team

Team Faith

Team Hope

Team Luongo

Team Ranman

The Mod Squad

Tiger’s Team

Tom Colleran Team

Toppi Family Team

Sweet William Team

Wilfred John Team

You can donate to these teams by clicking on their links above or by sending a donation to The Angel Fund, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880. Please note the team that you are supporting on the check. You many also donate online.

Step Up to Cure ALS!

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.

17th Annual Jimmie Neil Memorial Softball Game

For the 17th year, Maureen Neil and her two sons Mike and Chris will memorialize their husband/father Jimmie Neil who passed away from ALS in 1997. The family has 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 will be held on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at St. Peter’s Field on Sherman Street in North Cambridge, Massachusetts from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The softball game be will between the Central, East, North and West Little League All Stars in this annual event for The Angel Fund,

Admission to the softball game is free and all are welcome to attend. Money will be raised through the raffles and a concession stand. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the game for $2 – three tickets can be purchased for $5. Raffle tickets can also be purchased in advance by calling 617-240-0783.

Anyone who would like to donate a raffle item can email Maureen.

Information about the Annual Jimmie Neil Raffle and Softball Game can be obtained by calling Maureen Neil at (617) 630-4354 or The Angel Fund (781) 245-7070

You may make a donation to the game by going to

Ice Bucket Challenge to Strike out ALS

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.

ALS Breakthrough funded in part by The Angel Fund

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.

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ALS awareness

The Angel Fund would like to thank Clear Channel Outdoor for their continued support to The Angel Fund. Our message is placed on billboards throughout the New England region for all to see. These billboards create awareness to The Angel Fund and our mission to find a cure for ALS.

The Angel Fund has launched a campaign for businesses to join us in the fight against ALS. Your business can help raise money for ALS research. Click here to see how.

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