Summer 2015
Every August Until a Cure
Dear Angel Fund Family,


The month of August will mark the beginning of another ice bucket challenge. Please consider donating your ice bucket challenge money to The Angel Fund for ALS Research.


Last year, we began a campaign - Step Up to Cure ALS - to raise $4 million to help Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. bring his research to human trials. We are halfway there thanks to our generous Angel Fund family. It would be amazing to be able to provide Dr. Brown with another $2 million to push his research ahead to get to these trials within the next year.


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 support provides Dr. Brown discretionary monies not available to him via other funding avenues and we know how important that is to his research and success.

The Angel Fund may be a smaller charity in comparison to others - but we are mighty - we have donated over $4.5 million to Dr. Brown over our existence with the help of our supporters.


We are proud to say that the total research expenditures incurred in 2014 was 90% of the Angel Fund's total expenditures (the remaining 10% attributable to administrative costs). We are so very fortunate to have so many Angel Fund family members that care so much and help us by hosting events, participating in the events, donating and volunteering. All for our mission - to find a treatment and cure for ALS.


So when it comes time for you to help increase awareness for ALS again this August, please remember that The Angel Fund supports ALS research, and that is what the challenge is all about.


And, thank you Pete Frates and Pat Quinn for your determination to create awareness for ALS ...You have changed the world!


Take the challenge during the month of August. Challenge friends and family and donate to The Angel Fund for ALS Research. Send your videos to us and we will display them on our website.


Every dollar counts in our mission to find a cure for ALS!


Donate today! 



Rich Kennedy
Walk of Hope for ALS
September 12th

One of our walk teams - Alan's A Team

The Walk of Hope for ALS will be held on Saturday, September 12th in Wakefield. This will be the 14th year that The Angel Fund family will join together and walk for those who no longer can.

Gather family, friends and co-workers to create a team as we raise funds for ALS research benefiting Dr. Robert H. Brown and his research team at UMass Medical School.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Walk commencing at 11:00 after the release of the doves. We ask that you choose a member of your team to help us release the doves.

Walkers will walk around picturesque Lake Quannapowitt, a 3.2 mile walk on level ground. A water station will be at the halfway mark, generously donated by Bill Brown.


Walkers will receive a t-shirt and a lunch bracelet at the registration tables. Hot coffee, compliments of Honey Dew Donuts will be available in the food tent.


Throughout the day.... 


To keep the kids entertained, there will be face painting and bounces and plenty of activities.The North Shore Corvettes will again showcase their cars.

Team photos will also be taken.

After the walk....
Food and drinks will be available for all walkers. Special thanks to our food and beverage providers: Prince Restaurant - pizza; Dockside Restaurant - mac and cheese; Kings - pulled pork sliders;  Old Neighborhood - hot dogs; Poland Springs - water. We'll also have salad, power bars and more.

at 1 p.m.!

Click here to register as a walker or team

Click here to download the brochure.

Click  here to donate to a Walk team

Click here  to see last year's photos.

Annual Gala
October 17th

Join us on Saturday, October 17th for our Annual Gala. The event will be held at Venezia in Boston.

It is a night to come together and thank those who have supported The Angel Fund throughout the year.

Highlights will include: dinner, silent auction, live auction and raffles.

Click here to purchase a ticket.

Harpoon 5 Miler
Over $1 Million raised for ALS Research

It was a great day for the 5 Miler at the Harpoon Brewery, with more than 4,100 runners participating in this year's race.

Thank you to Harpoon Brewery for organizing such an amazing race, and for making a $180,000 donation to The Angel Fund!

To see more photos from the Harpoon 5 Miler click here.

Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race to Cure ALS   
Over $1Million raised for ALS research  

The Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial Road Race
was held in Hopkinton. Thousand of runners, walkers and families came together to raise funds for ALS research  - a total of close to $140,000!

Thank you to Abbie Rosenberg, Dave Krueger and the entire Timlin Race Committee for a fantastic day. Special thanks to the Timlin family for their support and for traveling back to Massachusetts for the race.

Because of the support of all the runners, sponsors and volunteers, we are closer to finding a cure for ALS!

 Check out the photos! 

Upcoming Events

August 16th

September 12th

September 18th

Jimmie Neil Memorial
Softball Game

October 17th
Annual Gala

October 10th and 11th
October 19th
The Angel Fund Golf Tournament
Join us on Sept. 12th

As everyone knows, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept the world last year. Pete Frates, and Pat Quinn  started the phenomenon and we're proud to say that The Angel Fund was one of Pete's supported charities.

The Angel Fund, once again, will be holding a group ice bucket event for all our attendees at the end of the Walk at approximately 1:00 p.m.

We have plenty of water and ice and buckets, which will again be donated by Home Depot.

If you have a favorite bucket you'd like to use, please bring it along with you!

We welcome you to join in the ice bucket experience. Bring a change of clothes if you'd like as we have access to the church next to Wakefield Common in order for you to change after the challenge.

Let's make this a great continuation of our $4 million campaign - Step up to Cure ALS! We're halfway there - help us get the funds Dr. Brown and his fellow researchers need to find the cure!!

We look forward to seeing you and your team!
The Angel Fund
continues the campaign to raise $4,000,000 for
ALS research


The Angel Fund for ALS Research  embarked on a  fundraising campaign to raise $4,000,000 for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research last year. Through your generous contributions, we are halfway there! 


This funding is being applied to an innovative approach to turning off mutant genes that cause ALS. The initial gene to be targeted will be SOD1.


This program is based on studies of gene silencing conducted at UMass Medical School.


The clinical program is a cooperative effort conducted jointly at UMass Medical School under the leadership of Dr. Robert Brown and the Massachusetts General Hospital, whose team is led by Drs. Merit Cudkowicz and James Berry and other dedicated researchers.


You can read about the most recent update on Dr. Brown's research by clicking here. 


The Angel Fund's goal is to bring the research to human trials as quickly as possible.


This approach to silencing genes that cause nerve degeneration in the brain and spinal cord can potentially benefit other disorders, such as some forms of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Huntington's disease.


Step up to Cure ALS 



Thank you!

Thank you to the amazing people who take the time to host a fundraiser or attend one of our events so we can move forward in the cure for ALS. 
Every donation, large or small, makes a difference! 
Past Events 
Boston Marathon

BC Baseball game

Daly Family Comedy Night
Magda and Rich toast to Jim Daly who lost his courageous battle to ALS
Squirrel Run XVIII
Jimmy Kennedy Memorial Road Race to Cure ALS

honoring Rich Clancy
Check out more photos
The Gunnery
Road Race

CHICO's fundraiser

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