Research supported by the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund reaches important milestone

In the late-2000s, the foundation supported many early-stage research programs to investigate therapeutics for NPC disease. One such class of compounds were called cyclodextrins, and they showed dramatic improvements in cell culture studies and animal models with the NPC mutation.  On March 15, 2017, Vtesse, Inc. (recently acquired by Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) announced full enrollment in the Phase 2b/3 clinical … Read More

Road To Discovery Bike Ride–May 16 & 17

Students from ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s Program) at Notre Dame are organizing the 2017 Road to Discovery event: a two-day bike ride on May 16 and 17, 2017, that will start in Notre Dame, Ind., head to Chicago, Ill., and circle back to Notre Dame. The goal of the annual Road to Discovery bike rides are to raise funds and awareness for the Ara … Read More

Firefly Fund–Hope for Belle and Abby Andrews

The Firefly Fund was started in 2016 by Pam and Chris Andrews, whose six and two years old daughters, Belle and Abby, were recently diagnosed with NPC disease.  Since the diagnosis the family formed the Fund, set up a collaboration with Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX, and have in enrolled their children in the Vtesse VTS-270 clinical trial. On … Read More

2017 Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge–Fundraiser for NPC Research

The 2017 Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge tipped off on January 2nd, 2017. Coach Matt Painter of Purdue will be representing the Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund, which supports the APMRF research efforts to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Disease. Yes!  We not only collaborate with other Universities on our NPC research efforts, but also with our fundraising efforts. How does it … Read More

IRFU And University Of Notre Dame Announce Rugby Partnership

The Irish Rugby Football Union and University of Notre Dame have agreed a ground-breaking partnership to promote and develop rugby at Notre Dame and consequently across the United States.  You can read more at http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/38508.php#.WCsNprIrLIV The Notre Dame Rugby team has been a longstanding supporter of APMRF by hosting the Parseghian Cup, an annual Rugby match between Notre Dame and the … Read More

Adam Recke Crowned Homecoming King

Adam was diagnosed with NPC in 2006.  Since then his family has been fighting for a cure.  Of recent, his classmates at Freedom High in Bethlehem, PA chose as the homecoming king.  You can read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/25/pennsylvania-teen-with-rare-brain-disease-becomes-homecoming-king.html You can learn more about Adam and his family at The Race For Adam

Greg Crawford president of Miami University (Ohio)

Greg Crawford

Thank you and congratulations to Greg and Renate Crawford. Greg has begun his role as the 22nd President of Miami University (Ohio), which is the Alma Mater of Coach Parseghian. Greg was a key supporter of the APMRF, and dedicated his summers to the Road To Discovery Bike Ride where he cycled across the country 5 times to raise money … Read More

2016 Parseghian Classic

Parseghian Classic Golf Event

The 5th Annual Parseghian Classic was held at Pebble Beach Resorts in California. With over 60 golfers and 120 total guests, plus special performances by singer/songwriter Isabela Nanni and comedian Henry Cho, it was truly one of the most fun and meaningful events of the year and also raised a lot of money for NPC research efforts. Thank you to … Read More

Andrew and Dana Marella

Andrew and Dana

From the age of five, it was apparent that the Marella’s daughter Dana, a happy, caring and energetic child, had visual and learning difficulties. After years of searching for answers to her challenges, Dana was diagnosed in 2002 at the age of eight with Niemann-Pick type C disease. In 2004, at the age of 5, Dana’s brother Andrew, the Marella’s … Read More