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President’s Message

President’s Message

Dear Angel Fund Family:

As we all know, 2020 has been a challenging year – a year that we have never experienced before in our lifetime. We have, and still are experiencing, a new normal, as we work hard to keep ourselves and our families safe while limiting our activities and interactions with our loved ones.

Although we aren’t able to do many of the things that we usually do, life has gone on despite this global pandemic. In true fashion, The Angel Family has continued its mission in 2020,adapting to a virtual world that has enabled us to hold our road races, marathons, walks and our annual silent auction, all because our supporters know that ALS does not take a break. Our ALS family has certainly stepped up with us as we continue to fight for a cure for ALS.

My annual holiday message traditionally reflects upon the past year and provides an opportunity to highlight the many ways in which you all contribute to our mission to find a cure for ALS. You all have contributed to another successful year, even if we all couldn’t be together to share in the enthusiasm and excitement of these events.

This year, I would like to focus on the future– a future that is brighter because of The Angel Fund for ALS Research. Dr. Robert Brown and his amazing team of researchers continue to work on gene silencing that is well underway thanks to the Angel Fund, which funded 100%of the cost. You can read Dr. Brown’s most recent updates below to see the progress that is being made every day.

I know that the next year will be brighter – I am filled with hope that 2021 will not only seethe end of Covid-19, but will also see groundbreaking research that leads to a cure for ALS.

As we navigate through our new normal during this unprecedented holiday season, remember that hope is on the horizon. Happy holidays and best wishes for a bright new year. Best Regards, RichKennedy President 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.

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

A conversation with Rich. click here

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