The Angel Fund for ALS Research is an independent nonprofit charity benefiting ALS research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMASS Medical School in Worcester.
Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. and his team at UMass Medical School are working on amazing cutting-edge research turning off mutant genes that cause ALS and bringing the research to HUMAN TRIALS. 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.
The Harpoon 5 Miler community has raised over $2.8 million for the Angel Fund and this year we are aiming to eclipse the $3 million fundraising milestone. Can we count on you to make a donation this year?
ALS is a progressive and ultimately fatal neurological disease that attacks the motor neurons in the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. The resulting motor neuron loss causes increasingly debilitating paralysis as the muscles of the body waste away. Death comes when victims lose critical functions such as the ability to swallow and ultimately, to breathe.
ALS is particularly insidious because the intellect remains intact while ALS victims gradually lose the ability to control their muscles, to communicate, and eventually to breathe. There is no known cure for ALS, and death usually occurs in 2 to 5 years.
Thank you for any help you can provide in our fight against this devastating disease. For more information, please visit www.theangelfund.org.
When you register for the Harpoon 5-Miler and make a donation, you’ll be eligible for the following Harpoon gifts. By donating $50+, you will receive a Harpoon Baseball Cap. Donations of $100+ will receive a Harpoon Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Cup. Donations of $250+ will receive a Harpoon IPA Sherpa Lined Blanket.
If your company does matching donations the information for that is: 'Angel Fund, Inc.' and the 501-c3 Federal ID 04-3478977
NOTE TO RUNNERS: A fundraising page will be automatically created for you when you register. On your payment confirmation page, you will see yourself listed as a new fundraiser. Do not be confused when you see this-- it's supposed to be there!
You will receive an email soon with more instructions re: how to set up your fundraising page. You can choose to use it or not use it -- but we hope that you do. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help this worthy cause!