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Angels over Boston

Angels over Boston

The Angel Fund for ALS Research has many wonderful supporters who continue to work in many ways to find a treatment and cure for ALS. Those special people are researchers, patients, caregivers and donors who we are blessed to have in our Angel Fund family and are with us in our fight against ALS.

The Angel Fund for ALS Research supports researchers at UMass Chan Medical School. for the tireless efforts they put forth to find a treatment and cure for ALS.

Our most recent Angel Over Boston researcher is Webb Camille. Webb Camille is an MD/Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. He attended Salem State University for his undergraduate education, where he obtained a Bachelor’s in science, majoring in Biology with a concentration in biomedical science and a minor in chemistry. Prior to medical school, he gained many skills through research, clinical exposure, and team services. He researched ciliopathies, partook in the surgical services internship, played rugby, and worked multiple other jobs. Since medical school matriculation, Webb has completed two years of medical school courses and passed the step 1 board exam. Outside his medical school studies, he has engaged in many non-profit organizations such as Student Government, Pillar Prep, and OneLeaf Corp.
He is currently working on his research thesis under the guidance of Dr. Zuoshang Xu and Dr. Paul Thompson. His research focuses on protein citrullination, a post-translation modification, in ALS. He conducts biochemical experiments to gain insights regarding the roles of citrullination in this disease progression and whether the alterations of citrullination can be a biomarker for the disease.

Read Webb Camille’s most recent research update: Alteration of protein citrullination and its effects on protein function in ALS

An Angel Over Boston

Barbara Mahoney
Barbara Mahoney was a friend of our original Angel, Ginny DelVecchio and worked to begin the MA Chapter of the ALS Association. Barbara was a true ALS warrior working with the ALS Association as Patient Services Coordinator for over 20 years.

She passed away recently and we wanted to honor her as an Angel over Boston.
Barbara’s husband was diagnosed with ALS in 1988. Not knowing what ALS was, Barbara was searching for help/support for her husband and family. At that time, there wasn’t any help for families and patients. This led to Barbara and her family to Ginny DelVecchio. The first support groups and board meetings were held in Ginny’s living room before their offices in Wakefield in Dedham. Barbara was always the first person most ALS patients and caregivers spoke with when contacting the chapter. She became attached to the patients and caregivers creating a special bond.

Judy Teplo, Barbara’s dearest friend and Director of Patient and Caregiver Services, said “people we’re just drawn to her. If you knew Barbara for five minutes or 50 years, she always made you feel like a close friend. I’ve known Barbara for over 30 years and that relationship was one of the most important relationships I have ever had. She was truly a “one-of-a-kind.”        

“I get out of bed with a smile on my face because there is now optimism. It may prolong my life, it may save my life, but that’s something no one before me has had,”

Richard Kennedy - President

The Angel Fund is special.

We are not a national charity – we are local. We have very low overhead and administrative costs. Our offices are located in the law firm of Nigro Pettipet and Lucas, courtesy of Directors Jan and Eugene Nigro. That means that The Angel Fund has no rent, no utility bills, no high-paid executives. Angel Fund President Rich Kennedy and the board members are not paid.

Why are they so passionate?

Because most have lived through the heartbreak of seeing their loved one live with ALS and lose their battle to this horrific disease. They have made a commitment to support Dr. Brown and his researchers until a cure is found, the goal of our original Angel, Ginny DelVecchio. They have a sense of urgency to find a treatment and cure by supporting the gene silencing therapy. We know the patients and their families – and the patients know us.

The Angel Fund Mission

Our mission is to support ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research and scientific investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory by raising funds through events, campaigns, foundation grants and numerous other community outreach activities, to aid in finding a cause, treatment and cure for ALS.

Angel Fund supporters make a difference in fighting ALS, and you can be one of them.