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Since our creation in June 2007, the CTSF has raised $4,122,479 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!
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.
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.
June was an eventful month for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation. We raised a lot of money, we had fundraisers, we started something that is circling the world, and we said Farewell to Cora at a Celebration of Life in Houston. I'm not quite sure where to start...
We raised $36,815.92. As important, we raised awareness all over the globe!!!
Donations came in for Cora, Dakota, Elise T., Bianca, Amelia, Grayson, Charles Lee (Krystie's boyfriend from Missouri) Emma, Riley, Hunter, Nathan H, Alexis M., DJ, Owen, and Elise R. We also got a large donation in honor of Dr. Eric Fier. That happened last month too. Clone that man!!! We also saw a number of matching corporate gifts. How cool is it to get money from JP Morgan and UBS? I don't hate the banks anymore!!!
Julie Rabinowitz pulled off yet another year of "Jump for Tay-Sachs" and raised even more than last year. Facebooks "Network for Good" sent us a nice check.... people I don't even know are setting up appeals on their FB account using their Network for Good service. Anyone can do it!!
I had a nice chat with Rabbi Shmuly Yankowitz at Phoenix's Valley Beit Midrash Temple. Meeting this man gave me new hope that humanity and goodness will prevail in this nutty world. A friend set me up to do a video (thanks Brad, the author of the Award Winning novel "The Intersect" and it was a great experience. I even walked out with a check. God works in mysterious ways.
Speaking of God, the Celebration of Life for Cora was so well done. The Church in Houston was packed, and Holly and Todd brought tears to my eyes. It was an honor to celebrate with Cora's friends and family
Have you hiked for Grayson yet? You better get on the bandwagon quick, because if you haven't, you are well behind people all around the globe. Grayson's Mom Felicia is also going to be interviewed next week on Good Day Sacramento. All I can say is #HikeForGrayson!!!! I doubted Felicia when she told me that she was going to make people sweat in the hot summer of 2017, and then have them send us money. Boy, was I wrong.
I want to congratulate my good friends Sherri and Brian Manning on their successful Golf outing in memory of DJ. That kid sure changed the world for the better!! I also want to thank the wonderful Warren family of Salem, Mass. It's a hassle for Jim to make it out to our long-time donor Harrison's Roast Beef, but he did it to the tune of $317. What a family!!
Finally, I know you want Golf and Tee shirts. Just shoot me a note and I'll get them out to you. Tee's spread the word, and our golf shirts make you the best dressed person wherever you go. Oh, did I mention that my friend Nike at Nike picked up tab for 105 Dri-Fits? When you shop, remember how good Nike has been to us over the years.
People ask me.... "don't you get tired of asking for money?". And I say, If I don't ask, you don't give. And If you don't give, we don't cure". That's pretty simple. Think of our kids, and don't ever be afraid to ask. The quality of a person's character is defined by what they do for others.
The year is half done..... thanks for all your support.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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.
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 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...
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.....
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......
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.....
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 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 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 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......
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.....
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 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 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 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.
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.
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