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THE UMASS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC's Fundraiser:

UMass ALS Cellucci Fund

BENEFITING: THE UMASS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC

EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016

THE STORY:

In recognition of the critical need for new treatments for ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund—formerly known as the UMass ALS Champion Fund—is a movement to drive awareness and funding for the ALS breakthroughs happening at UMass Medical School (UMMS) and in the laboratory of Robert H. Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, one of the world’s leading and most promising ALS researchers.

The Cellucci Fund aims to help Dr. Brown and his colleagues pursue ALS research leads and breakthroughs right now that might otherwise take years to attract funding from traditional sources. As a result, this Fund will make researchers at UMMS better prepared to “seize the moment” when highly promising ALS discoveries are made.

In 2011, UMMS and Dr. Brown were joined in this effort by former Governor of Massachusetts and Ambassador to Canada, A. Paul Cellucci. Governor Cellucci announced that January that he had been diagnosed with ALS and was being treated at UMMS by Dr. Brown. News of Cellucci’s diagnosis sparked an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues across the Commonwealth and the country, including fellow former governors and other elected officials. Governor Cellucci chose to use his story as a catalyst to support ALS research at Massachusetts’ public Medical School through the establishment of the UMass ALS Champion Fund, now the Cellucci Fund.

“I am proud to continue my career in public service by leading the UMass ALS Champion Fund,” Cellucci said in at the time. “A champion helps to deliver great victories, and Dr. Brown is a true champion of ALS research. But, victories are a team effort. Dr. Brown and his colleagues at UMass Medical School need our support.” Cellucci died from complications of the disease on June 8, 2013. He was 65. In 2014, the fund was renamed the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund to honor his commitment to this cause.

Dr. Brown, the Leo P. and Theresa M. LaChance Chair in Medical Research and chair of the Department of Neurology at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center, is widely recognized as a pioneer in neurodegenerative disease research and for more than 30 years has dedicated his career to unlocking the secrets of ALS, a degenerative disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness, leading to paralysis and eventually death. There is currently no treatment to stop or reverse ALS. Dr. Brown has been a leading visionary for ALS treatment and part of nearly every fundamental ALS breakthrough to-date, including the identification of mutations in a gene that is responsible for the rare, familial form of the disease. Dr. Brown’s work has opened a window into ALS that has drastically changed the research landscape and provided patients and loved ones touched by ALS with something very rare: hope.

The Cellucci Fund aims to extend and supplement the already great fundraising initiatives benefiting UMMS. Dr. Brown and team has been fortunate to receive support from a diversity of groups, including the Massachusetts-based Angel Fund and national partner CVS Pharmacy, both of which have been raising money for UMMS and acting as champions in the fight against ALS for more than 10 years. The Cellucci Fund will complement and extend those funding sources to augment the overall effort..

Now is the time. There is hope. But, victories are a team effort. Join us in the fight back against ALS.

$47,425

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lisa Mendonca

    $26.20

  • The Kims

    $50

  • Nick and Ro Bello

    $50

  • Donna

    $50

  • Rick Weixel

     

  • Kelly McGrath

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Amy Cesar

    $26.20

  • Dan & Carol Weiler

    $50

  • Steven Vodoklys

    $200

  • Stephanie Bianchi-Deveny

    $30

  • Mary Grillo

    $25

  • Kerri Floramo

    $145

  • Kara Juliano

    $30

  • Joe Ferraro

    $50

  • Lydia Heckman

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $27

  • The Frederick Family

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Connie richardson

    $20

  • David richardson

    $20

  • Robyn and Ryleigh

    $20

  • Arlene Kenney

    $50

  • Jane Veo

    $500

  • John Boyle O'Reilly Charitable Corp.

    $175

  • Lizabeth Spellman

    $50

  • Mary & Brian Curran

    $25

  • Meghan Kinnon

    $10

  • John Ronan

    $50

  • The Brown Framily

    $25

  • Cara West

    $25

  • Karen O'Brien

    $100

  • Karen Werner

    $25

  • Kerri Floramo

    $40

  • Maureen & Paul Rubeli Foundation

    $2,000

  • Chris and Sue

    $100

  • Forestdale 213 Friends

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Marwah and Yasir Syed

     

  • Carron and Steve Mentzer

    $50

  • Walter Bagley

    $100

  • The Cipriano's

    $250

  • Cathy Rusnak

     

  • Joyce Combe

    $25

  • The Downer Family

    $100

  • Deacon Steward & Family

    $50

  • Patti Nash

    $100

  • Nicola Devaney

    $100

  • Cuz'n Deb

    $25

  • Meghan

    $150

  • Jen & Ted Azar

    $25

  • BILL & SUSAN BONDY

    $100

  • Rick Planos Family

    $50

  • Angela's Trivia Night

    $3,500

  • Joanne Alba Lamonica

    $35

  • Booie Madden

    $100

  • Bob & Shari Ross

    $50

  • Josh, Angie & Brooks McGrew

    $100

  • Beth O'Connell

    $50

  • The Czech's (MG family)

    $50

  • The von der Linden family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Angela

     

  • Lisa Anderson May

    $100

  • Trevor Bucek and Family

    $50

  • The Burnell Family

     

  • Carla Colarusso

    $50

  • Diane Hefford

     

  • Rita Brier

    $25

  • Nancy Troy

    $100

  • The Gorrell Family

     

  • Robyn, Meg, Sean, Sam, and Andrey

    $25

  • Greg Robinson/Colleen Boggs

    $50

  • Robinson family

    $40

  • Beth Ganley

    $20

  • Lori Anticevic

    $25

  • Laura and Dan Warren

     

  • JERSEY GIRLS

    $1,000

  • CAROLYN BROWN

    $500

  • Teri Carter

    $25

  • Cindy Sproul

    $100

  • The McLeod family

    $25

  • Allison Abe

    $50

  • Cherone Family

    $50

  • lisa davide

    $100

  • The Zimmerman Family (MG)

    $50

  • Kaylie Warner

    $100

  • Addison Cho

     

  • Jen & Jason Cabral

    $50

  • LORNA AND JOE

     

  • Bob Gardner

    $100

  • The Maloney Family

    $50

  • Mary Vickers

    $100

  • The Gilmartin Family

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Joanne Cipriano / Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation

    $250

  • Kerri Floramo

    $100

  • Mary Skidds

    $20

  • Diane Gross

    $100

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126% Raised of $37,500 Goal

The Team: $47,425 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Jamie & Sue

Amount Raised

$17,141

 

114% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

CHRIS AND DENISE BENYO

Amount Raised

$9,834

 

38% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Angela Mioglionico

Amount Raised

$7,999

Fundraiser Title

Kerri Floramo

Amount Raised

$7,000

Fundraiser Title

THE UMASS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC

Amount Raised

$5,450

 

15% Raised of $37,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Diane Gross

Diane Gross

DONATION: $100

You have both been an example for many…..God bless you and your family. Diane Gross 2 years ago

Mary Skidds

Mary Skidds

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Kerri Floramo

Kerri Floramo

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Joanne Cipriano / Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation

Joanne Cipriano / Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

The Gilmartin Family

The Gilmartin Family

2 years ago

Mary Vickers

Mary Vickers

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

The Maloney Family

The Maloney Family

DONATION: $50

In memory of Paul Cellucci 2 years ago

Bob Gardner

Bob Gardner

DONATION: $100

Paul, for all the wonderful help that you did for so many people. 2 years ago

LORNA AND JOE

LORNA AND JOE

2 years ago