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President’s Message

President’s Message

Dear Angel Fund Family:

As we reflect on the past year, we are again reminded of how very fortunate we are to have so many wonderful supporters who continue to fight with us in this battle against ALS. Dr. Robert Brown and his research team continue to work tirelessly to find a treatment and a cure for this disease.

There has never been such promising research than that which is happening right now in the lab. So much is being done with innovative approaches toward a treatment. We’re excited to say that a human trial has begun and that the drug companies have joined us in our fight.

As we see treatment and a cure on the horizon, we still have a long way to go. And we need your help.

WHY do we need your help? We need the funding of supporters for Dr. Brown to continue his research to silence the ALS genes so that we can eradicate this disease and to ensure that no family will have to go through the loss of another loved one.

We are proud to say that the total research expenditures averages 92% of the Angel Fund’s total expenditures (the remaining 8% attributable to administrative costs). The funds that we give to Dr. Brown are discretionary, which means that Dr. Brown and his research team do not have to go through a grant process to get funding for promising research.

Our families are special to us and we appreciate every dollar that we receive.  We know that every dollar counts.

I, as well as the entire Angel Fund board, have been warriors in the fight against ALS for more than 20 years. We’ve made a difference with your help. We know both sides of the battle –  working hard to find a cure while also living with the disease, or caring for a loved one who is affected.

The new year is coming and with that brings more promise that a treatment and cure will happen soon.

Thank you for your support. As a family, we will work together to make hope a reality.

Thank you for stepping up to cure ALS.

Richard P. Kennedy President

Board of Directors: Eugene Nigro, Esq.; Paul DelVecchio, Jan Nigro, Esq.,Todd DelVecchio, Peter DelVecchio, Joseph Ruma, Salvatore Falzone, Catherine Nigro


Rich Kennedy, President


“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.