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Angels over Boston

Angels over Boston

The Angel Fund for ALS Research supports researchers at UMass Chan Medical School. We refer to them as our Angels Over Boston 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  

“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.