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President’s Message

President’s Message

Dear Angel Fund Family:

As we usher in a new year, we have renewed hope and excitement for the future. The past two years have shown that we are resilient and, despite the global pandemic that has touched all our lives, great strides have made by Dr. Robert Brown and his research team to find a treatment and a cure for ALS.

We ended 2021 with the exciting news of a clinical human trial that was initiated and led by Dr. Brown and Dr. Jonathan Watts that showed significant progress in suppressing expression of the most commonly mutated ALS gene, C9ORF72 (C9). What is even more exciting is that the majority of the funding for this groundbreaking research was provided by The Angel Fund!

We have always stressed that every dollar counts, and this is an example of how the Angel Fund family and supporters have played a huge role in this extraordinary work. Now, more than ever, we see a treatment and cure on the horizon, but we still have a long way to go. This research makes it even more important that we continue the forward momentum.

We hope that you will continue your support of The Angel Fund for ALS Research in any way you can – whether making a financial donation or attending and participating in some of the fundraising events that are held throughout the year. Our 2022 schedule of events includes the Annual Gala in April, the Harpoon 5-Miler in May and the Squirrel Run and Sharon Timlin Race both of which are traditionally held in June, the Walk of Hope for ALS in September, 100 Innings of Baseball in October, and a number of golf tournaments, road races, walks, and other events held to benefit ALS research at UMass Chan Medical School.

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

Thank you for stepping up to cure ALS.

Richard P. Kennedy


“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.