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US Tax Deductible EIN: 26-0256621

- (562) 212-1071

- 2409 E. Luke Avenue Phoenix AZ 85016

Our Mission

The Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation is dedicated to funding the on-going research needed to find treatments and a cure for Tay-Sachs Disease.

Once the cure for Tay-Sachs has been found - and we will find it! - we will dedicate our efforts to promoting carrier-testing and Tay-Sachs awareness initiatives.

To begin the journey into Tay-Sachs Awareness, click here.

First Half 2018 Update

The CTSF had over 800 different donors in the first half of 2018. We raised $172,928. We had 21 fundraisers, with 14 of those done on Facebook to mark a memory or special occasion. We had 11 Corporate matches and kind and generous folks donated to us from United Way contributions.

When the CTSF started, there basically was zippo in terms of research. Today, I talk regularly with leading researchers about Gene Therapy, Clinical Trials on real kids, FDA approvals, UK/and the European Union funding, Tanganil, and "Compassionate Care" laws. Yep, it's complicated. But the bottom line is that several research efforts are all coming together at once. So much will happen in the next 8-10 months. When I get the "OK" from several of the researchers that we have funded, you will be the first to know the details. All of this has happened because of your help.

We are too late for too many kids, including mine. But, as Churchill spoke to Parliament when it looked like the Nazi's would successfully invade, he said... "We shall never surrender". With your help, we won't either.

- Rick, and the CTSF Board

Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation

The Cure Is Within Reach!

Since our creation in June 2007, the CTSF has raised $4,456,711 from thousands of kind and generous donors. We have issued research grants to 9 researchers/laboratories around the world, and made impressive progress towards our ultimate goal... The Cure!

There is HOPE in your HELP!!!

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2018 Donor Recognition

CURE Level: $5,000+ Donation - FACEBOOK DONORS, Greg Doren, Micahel W. McCarthy Foundation, Nick Athanasakos, Nick Athanasakos / Nike, Nike, Inc. *** Research PhD: $1,000 to $4,999 Donation - Bader Abdullah, Brian Maloney, Bruce Steiger, Bryce & Amy Anderson, CTI, Inc, Dave & Nicki Luce, David & Christine Novicky, Derrick Stidham, Dozier Hood, Duane Smith, FACEBOOK DONORS, Felicia Kemp, James & Peggy Bowman, Julie Rabinowitz JUMP Fundraiser, Kyle & Mindi Zollar, M.H.B. Dental Corp, Mona Vogal, Rosanne Haulser Williams,, Yunming *** Research: $500 to $999 Donation - Adam Anderson, Allen Rabinowitz, Charles Barrington, Chip & Lori Combs, Corinne Cooley, Game Day Apparel, Greg and Kimberly McDaniel, Harrison's Roast Beef, Jenifer Cavazos, John & Mary Woelfel, Jonathon Rabinowitz, Julie Hooper, Karl and June Reidel, Ken & Julie Bihn, Mary Little, Shanda Johnson Taylor, Shari Stengel, Susan Scheps, Tyler Mace, United Way- Southeast Michigan , Wells Fargo *** Treatment Provider: $250 to $499 Donation - Adam & Lindy Glaser, Alan and Lindy Glaser, Alica Richarte, Bank of America, Brice & Marilyn Buehler, Christina Juhasz, Christine Girello, Elizabeth Masiero, Euclid School, HCA, Jeanne Karl, Lindsey Bower, National Football League (NFL), Terry Karl, The Bakers Crust Labedzki, Tony Mitchell, United Way - Loraine OHIO, Your Cause HCA - Joy Milligan *** Symptom Manager: $101 to $249 Donation - Adam Anderson, Amazon Smile, Angela Neubaum, Benjamin Moore Paint Company, Blue Sky Vinyard , Brian & Rana Sass, Brian & Sherri Manning, Charles Barrington, D'Aon Lucas, David Presky and John Toman, Diane Ogle Nair, Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP, General Atlantic Foundation, George Crenshaw, John Nagengast, Joseph & Colleen Alletto, Kirbie Conrad, Kylie Candy, Lance Freedlund, Lisa Borg, Marion Conte, Mike & June Martz, Nadia Tyner, Patricia Beaudry, Sue and Tim Mahoney, Sue Boldra For Kansas, Sunset Cove Resort , Thrivent Financial Edwin Lehman, United Way of Indiana, United Way- Milwaukee *** Jacob Sheep Parent: $100 Donation - Amanda Weaver, Art & Barbara Nehr, Becky & Loren Benson, Bob Bihn, Brian Brown, Carol Warner, Charles Barrington, Charles Novicky, Clifton Churchhill, Darlene Wilkinson, David McCollum, Debbie Nolan, Diane Escalante, Dianne Goold, Doug Friar, Ellen Brezic, Emergency Medical Professionals, Eric Besselman, HMI Industries, Jeramy Rushlow, Jewish Federation of Atlanta- Caroline & Randy Gold, Kaitlyn & Kathleen Chambers, Kay Dirschell, Ken & Corinne Hynes, Kenneth Mattison, Kevin Schwarz, Kevin Scullin, Kim Sterns, MD, Kountry Shanty, Leland & Jo Ann Reeter, Lisa Wallace, Lowell Tyner, Lynn Fallon, M.R. Norton, Marc Williams, Marcy & Richard Bern, Melissa Martz, Michael Flahaven, Mike & Val Karl, Miss Elliott, Mylissa Trowbridge, Nan Chapman, Optimal Medical Staffing, Patrica Beaudry, Patricia Beaudry, Randy Wolff, Richard Miller, Sarah Mattingly, Sharon Storrs, Susan McGuire, Thomas Maginn, Vladimir & Kathy Vekstein, William and Carol Ball, William O'Shea *** Care Provider: $1 to $99 Donation - Alan & Marilyn Sorenson, Alexander Leonard, Alfredo Villao, Alicia Watts, Alyssa Tyner, Amy Anderson , Andrea & Robert Citarelli, Ann McClure, Annette & Roscoe Pershing, Anthonius Storm, Arlene & Marvin Freedberg, Arlene Fell, Arthur Weisman, Barbara Abramson, Barbara Cappel Green, Barbara Polglaze, Barbara Wuebbels, Bari Goldberg, Becky Warren, Beneivity , Brendan Doran, Brett & Chantelle Walker, Brian & Sally Hasty, Brian Lawrence, Bridget Barle, Burton & Judith Saltzman, Carlos Coloma, Charles & Beverly Maupin, Christina Souder, Christina Foster, Christine & Douglas Lundwall, Christine Ames, Christine Eby, Clara Dyer, Constance Lee, Cynthia Angell, Daniel Espin, Danielle Sprague, Davey Tree Svc., David & Cecelia Corley, David Gertner , Deborah Hahn, Deborah Marnien, Dennis & Patricia Danley, Dennis Shay, Donna Glazer , Donnna Gasparek, Doug & Mary Baulding, Ed & Barbara Busi, Eileen Cherwony, Elisabeth Masiero, Elizabeth Masiero, Erica Catherall, Errand Girlz, Estaban Lopez, Esther Silver, Fred Villao, Genevieve Arnold, Gerald & Linda Stanford, Gina Koehler, Grace Endy, Guardian, Heather Uvino, Heather Wong, Hilda Bodenstein, J Wagner, Jaclyn Guillory, Jaclyn McGillian, Janis and Dusty Hancock, Jayne Minham, Jeanie White, Jeff & Heidi Dodd, Jeff Keefner, Jeffrey Keefner, Jeffrey Kumpula, Jenna Francisco, Jennifer Hehman, Jimmy Bueno, Joan Davis, Joseph McCaferty, Joy Milligan, Karen Duffy, Karl & June Reidel, Karla Jones, Kathy Shapiro, Katrina Tyne, Kevin Mingus, Kim Pesses, Kimberly Cohen, Kristen Sobieski, Larry Gache, Laura Goldstein Wallenstein, Laurie and Todd Kaib, Linda Alvidrez, Linda Feingold, Lisa Miller, Lisa Wallace, Lori Lenhard, Lori Nassif, Lorri Erhardt, Lou Cowherd, Luanne Gipe, Lynn Holmberg, Madelyn Hudson, Magdalina Duncan, Mandel Jewish Community Center, Marci & Brent Garson, Margaret Walters , Maria Flemming, Marilyn Myers, Marlene Fineman, Mary Arthur, Mary Harrison, Mary K. La Tempa, Mary Wersel, Maureen Fisher, Megan Hansen, Megan Watts, Melissa Romero, Michael Marcial Inc, Mike & Susan Elizer, Monika Lanciers, Nancy Moylan, Ori & Robin Cohen, Patricia Wicks, Patrick Dearing, Paul & Carol Wagner, Paul & Carolyne Bloch, Paula Maxted, Pedro Norohna, Publication Betham Science, Randolf Sprangler, RC and RMK McCallister, Rebecca Mansour, Rene McGerigle, Richard & Monica Ferrarini, Richard & Petria Lundwall, Richard & Sue Herman, Richard Etchells, Robert & Joan Wheeler, Robert Cherwony, Rosemary Pitman, Ruth Neuman, Sagar Mehta, Sandhya Dantuluri, Sara Owens, Shari Townsend, Stacy Stein, Steve Clendenen, Student Services- -- West Chester U, Susan Hyman, Susan Pfeifer, Suzanne Gallagher, Suzanne Keene, Tanya Faber, Tara Keefner, Tara Keefner, Thomas Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Tim & Kim Riecken, Tim Gannon, Timothy Brady, Tom and Barbara Morton, Tony Navarrete, Trudy Stearns, Truist, United Way- Indiana, Walter Lippard, Wells Fargo Employees, Your Cause *** Donations made in honor of: - allysa, Brielle, Casey and Tommy Pounds, Drew A., Emma, Goldberg Family , Grayson K., Grayson L, Harsha, Isaac, Jacqueline Purcell, Jaqueline Purcell, Karen Duncan / Kylan, Kenneth Mattison, KKS, Lindsey Bower, Maloney Family, Maria G, Matt & Valerie Cox , Randy Freed, Sahar, Siri, Susan White's 50th B-Day! *** Donations made in memory of: - Ali Jean, Annabel Pounds, Brielle Emma Marie Walters, Charles Lee, Christopher Modelewski, Cora, Dakota, Dan Warlick, Devin Purcell, Devon Purcell, Earl Iverson, Elise T, Elise's 15th bday, Emeric, Emma, Enid Deborah Titelman and Marcia Barbara Titelman, Jacob J., Krystie, Kylan Locke, Lexi, Mackenzie, Maria Greene, Marvin Saperstein, Miss Elliott, Namreta, Peg Moffitt, Riley Bear, Ryan, Sabrina Tuleja ***

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Tay-Sachs disease is caused by the absence or insufficient level of a vital enzyme called Hexosaminidase A (Hex-A). Without Hex-A, a fatty substance or lipid called GM2 ganglioside accumulates abnormally in cells, especially in the nerve cells of the brain. This ongoing accumulation, also called substrate, causes progressive damage to the cells. In Classic Infantile the destructive process begins in the fetus early in pregnancy, although the disease is not clinically apparent (symptoms do not start) until the child is several months old. By the time a child with Tay-Sachs disease is three or four-years old, the nervous system is so badly affected that life itself cannot be supported. Even with the best of care, all children with classic Tay-Sachs disease die early in childhood, usually by the age of 5, although some do live longer.

How do set up a free Facebook Fundraiser?

Many of you have asked how to set up a FB Fundraiser.... here ya go. You can create fundraisers for charitable organizations and personal causes on Facebook for Birthdays, Anniversary's, or any occasion!

To create a fundraiser for the CTSF: (no cost to you!)

1.  Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed

2.  Click Raise Money...

3.  Select Nonprofit/Charity (Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation)

4.  Select a charitable organization, choose a cover photo and fill in the fundraiser details

5.  Click Create


Tanganil: An easy way to share your experience...

Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation (CTSF) and NTSAD have collaborated with TREND Community to collect information from families and individuals about their experiences using Tanganil, available without a prescription from Europe and indicated for the treatment of positional vertigo (dizziness). It has not been proven to be effective or approved for use to treat symptoms of GM1 and/or GM2 Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff.

  • There is no travel required to take part in this online community.
  • All data shared will be anonymous and de-identified.
  • The data will be used by researchers, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies to better understand how the disease impacts the family, generate ideas for future research and design better clinical trials.

Click the link below to download the TREND Community PDF to read more about this initiative, how it can help and how you can sign up to be a part of this unique way to participate in research.

Here is the link. The instructions to sign up are right at the bottom.

Rick Karl, CTSF


"Holy Cow! Over 2000 people "Like" the CTSF Facebook page now, and our this website has been visited 6000 times in the last 12 months. I'm humbled! It's March 5th, and we have already brought in over $100,000 this year for research. With what we have planned for the rest of the year, you ain't seen nuttin yet! Of course, we plan to write checks for over $800,000 this year. Our funding will see the first Gene Therapy treatment this year, and two other clinical trials on affected children! There will be obstacles, but there has never been..... not even close... this much hope. ALL our hope has been from your help. So, if you have a rich crazy Uncle someplace, now is the time to send him our website address. Our work is never too late for our kids and those kids yet to be born. They deserve a full and happy life. That's why we do this"

Family Stories

Nikko's Story

Nikko was born on May 14 2015 and he is our firstborn son. Nikko since day one I always knew as his mother that he was angelic and filled a room with so much love with just his presence. What I didn't know was Nikko would be

Brennan's Story

Words cannot express what a privilege it was to be Brennan's parents. The Lord chose us to care for this precious child and now he is home. Brennan passed on March 4, 2016, in the comfort of his own home. It was fairly sudden and our hearts are broken. Brennan's parents, Holly and Royce Stringer, reside in Prescott, Arizona.

Alyssa's Story

Alyssa Tyner was born on a pretty morning on June 19, 2014. We were so happy and blessed to finally have our family complete. Alyssa was the little sister to Leilani, who felt proud to be the big loving sister.

Krystie's Story

Krystie Anna Karl-Steiger was born on January 26, 2006 on a warm sunny winter day in California. Our precious little girl had a full head of hair, and gulped down her first bottle in record time.

Ryan's Story

Ryan Anthony Babo was born February 19, 2002. Like all Tay-Sachs children, he was absolutely beautiful. I remember lying in bed next to him when he was just a week old, watching him sleep, wondering what I had ever done in my life to deserve him.

Molly's Story

Molly Grace was born on September 26, 2003. She was born 2 months early and weighed only 4lbs 0oz. Although she was so small she was very healthy.

Elise's "Big Elise" Story

Elise Catherine ten Berge was born on February 5, 2003. She was our first child and as all new parents do, we thought about what Elise's future would be like: her first word, her first step, and her first day of school.

Dakota's Story

Dakota Jean Bihn was born on May 30, 1999. She was a beautiful baby, weighing in at exactly 8 pounds. Everything about her seemed perfect. During Dakota's first year, she developed as a normal baby should. She sat up, rolled over, ate, and walked, all when she should.

Conner's Story

Conner, a precious miracle and an amazing creature sent to Carl, Brenden and myself one cold, snowy January day. From the second he entered our life, I knew in my heart he was so incredibly special. His first smile, his first cry, even his first breath, he was--and remains--beautiful.

Lexi's Story

My name is Alexis Nichole Markowich or just "Lexi". I was born on March 9, 2001 to Craig and Nichole Markowich and I also have a big sister Brianne. When I was four, on August 4, 2005, we got the devastating news that I had Juvenile Onset Tay Sachs Disease (JOTSD).

Isabel's Story

Isabel was born in Buenos Aires on February of 2009. Until the age of two Isabel was a healthy little girl. She had the life that any other child could have: school, little friends at park, holidays and trips to Spain to visit her family. And always a big smile on her face...

Lexi's Story

Our daughter Lexi was born on March 30, 2011. She was born in Junction City, Kansas right outside of Fort Riley. I am in the army so.....

Nathan's Story

Our son Nathan Harney is almost 17 months old. He is a wonderful, happy baby who has beautiful blue eyes, a huge personality, and is the light of our lives. He is a gentle soul that we have been blessed with......

Karin's Story

My sisters and I had what seemed to be a normal up bringing in Southwestern, Ohio to a set of parents who were regular too.....

Isaiah's Story

On March 16, 2007, Isaiah came into the world at 9:41 PM weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. he was greeted by his daddy, Grandma Lisa, and Great Aunt Chaundra.

Rachaeli's Story

Rachaeli entered this world with her eyes open wide; God delivered her to us shortly before the start of the Sabbath on Friday October 25, 2002. It was a perfect delivery, following a perfect pregnancy. Rachaeli was absolutely captivating.

Kaiden's Story

Kaiden was born December 20, 2006. He was my beautiful blue eye, blond hair angel. He was the best baby any parents could ask for. He smiled constantly and barely cried. I would tell my Mother all the time that he was my "special little man".......

Elise's "Baby Elise" Story

Elise was born December 1, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. She was an absolutely perfect baby with an easy pregnancy. We never imagined we could love someone as much as we love Elise. The next 6 months were the happiest months of our lives......

Cole's Story

Travis Cole Snellgrove was born to Wendi and Travis on April 12th, 2004. He was born with no problems and was home the next day. He was a very good baby and we had no problems with him for the first month, then he started having trouble.....

DJ's Story

Dylan James Manning (commonly referred to as "DJ") was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2001. Dylans arrival was a long awaited event for his parents, Brian and Sherri of Atglen, Pennsylvania. Although Dylan was anxious to arrive almost four weeks early, he was not quick to reach his milestones. Doctors naturally gave him a little extra time to reach things like crawling and rolling over due to his prematurity.

Amelia's Story

Amelia was born September 29, 2006 and was a sweet, easy-going baby right from the start. Her baby book filled up as it should have first smile at four weeks, rolled over at four months, babbled at five months.

Charles Story

Charles Lee Anderson was born on February 26, 2006 to Bryce and Amy Anderson. His sister Anna was 14 and brother Ben was 11. Charles Lee was so perfect.

Emma's Story

Emma Rose was born on May 17, 2004. She was very eager to enter our world - arriving before my doctor could even get to the hospital! She was a beautiful, healthy, and sweet baby.

Lacie's Story

My name is Lacie Wivell and this is my story. I was born on April 8, 2004, to Rick and Lisa Wivell. I had two older sisters, Amanda and Rikki, and two older brothers, Levi and Colby. I also had another brother, Dakota, that went to be an angel in 2001.