One Family’s SANFILIPPO Story…

…but the reality for every family living with Sanfilippo Syndrome. Watch this video to learn why we exist, and why we need your help.

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Our goal is to raise $2,000,000 in 2019. But we need your help to get there.

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Progressing research to cure Sanfilippo Syndrome

Curing Sanfilippo Syndrome is our ultimate goal, but we also want to influence the road to get there. With a 360-degree view, the Foundation funds extensive research into multiple avenues for a treatment/cure, as well as spearheads, supports, and funds initiatives that provide valuable, disease-specific and patient-preference information.

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To advocate for and fund research directed towards a cure and treatment options for patients with Sanfilippo Syndrome.

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Foundation Update – October 2019

Foundation Update – October 2019

“This shouldn’t happen! Especially not to children.”

That’s what you thought when you first heard about Sanfilippo Syndrome. You put yourself in the shoes of these parents who were told that their children will suffer and die from Sanfilippo, and it broke your heart.
But you made the remarkable decision to something to help.
You donated to Cure Sanfilippo Foundation to find a treatment or cure. And your donation is an investment to create a different future.
You can see how your donation is helping cure Sanfilippo Syndrome.
More research is happening than ever before. More clinical trials than ever in the history of Sanfilippo. Including more than 20 projects and multiple clinical trials funded by Cure Sanfilippo in five years. And much more to come.
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Get a deeper look at what your generosity has already fueled. See the faces you are helping and the future you are creating. 

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None of this happens without you.

Thank you for your generous support. A cure is closer than ever because of you.

Deepest thanks,
Glenn O’Neill
Dad, Donor, President Cure Sanfilippo Foundation

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A great turnout for 2019 Moonball kickball fundraiser

A great turnout for 2019 Moonball kickball fundraiser

2019 Moonball fundraiser in Dobbs Ferry, NY

The community of Dobbs Ferry, NY, turned out on a Saturday morning in November for the 2019 Moonball Kickball Tournament, benefiting Jacob Moon, a local child with Sanfilippo Syndrome.

The second annual Moonball again attracted support from the community for a day of family-friendly kickball, food, and other games. In addition to players, the event was supported by sponsors and volunteers who helped set up, picked up food, manned tables, organized teams, donated items, cleaned up. Students from the middle and high schools helped with the event, and the Mercy College Men’s Lacrosse team refereed the games.

2019 Moonball fundraiser in Dobbs Ferry, NY

One of the most touching moments of the day was high-school students and teachers organizing a special inclusive “Buddy Ball Game” so Jacob and his friends could join in the fun. Jacob was accompanied by two students who helped him kick the ball and guided him in running the bases. Because of Sanfilippo, this wouldn’t be possible for Jacob without the thoughtful inclusion and accommodation of these students. 

2019 Moonball fundraiser in Dobbs Ferry, NY

“This was definitely one of many highlights of the day,” said Bill Moon, Jacob’s dad. “I loved this for the kids who participated and the volunteers!”

The local news station, News 12 – West Chester, featured the the 2019 Moonball Kickball Tournament. 

Last year, Moonball raised $12,000, and they were hoping to surpass that this year. A portion is donated to Cure Sanfilippo Foundation to help fund continued research for a treatment or cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Learn more about Jacob and hear his family’s story about living with Sanfilippo Syndrome.

2019 Moonball fundraiser in Dobbs Ferry, NY


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Adam Shaywitz, MD, PhD, joins Cure Sanfilippo Foundation board

Adam Shaywitz, MD, PhD, joins Cure Sanfilippo Foundation board

Adam Shaywitz, Cure Sanfilippo Foundation board memberAdam Shaywitz, MD, PhD, has joined the board for Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, bringing additional scientific and treatment development expertise to the organization.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Adam to the board and are grateful for his support of the Sanfilippo community over the years,” said Cure Sanfilippo Board member Valerie Byers, PhD. “His extensive experience in the drug development process for devastating rare pediatric conditions will provide the Foundation with unique and invaluable guidance as we aim to accelerate our impact in the space for children with Sanfilippo Syndrome.”

Adam received his degrees from Harvard Medical School and trained in adult medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He subsequently pursued a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism jointly at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and Joslin Diabetes Center where he concurrently pursued postdoctoral studies in molecular physiology.

Adam is Chief Medical Officer (CMO)-in-Residence at BridgeBio Pharma, where he currently serves as CMO for three subsidiary companies: CoA Therapeutics, Aspa Therapeutics, and Adrenas Therapeutics. 

Prior to BridgeBio, he spent five years at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as an Executive Director in the Clinical Sciences group. While at BioMarin, Adam developed, designed and led natural history and clinical studies for Sanfilippo Syndrome. Additionally, he played a key role in developing a number of programs aimed at treating a broad range of diseases, including other lysosomal storage disorders. During his tenure at BioMarin, Adam also worked closely with the research and business development teams to develop and broaden the pre-clinical and clinical pipeline.

“I am honored and excited to continue working with the Sanfilippo community in their mission to identify therapies that could make a meaningful impact to patients and families suffering from this devastating disease,” said Adam Shaywitz. “In addition to the urgency and drive that Cure Sanfilippo Foundation brings to their mission, they also possess a sophisticated understanding of what it takes to deliver novel therapies to patients and a willingness to dive in and participate in this process. I am looking forward to being a part of this dynamic and passionate team.”

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Spencer’s Sprinters take on Genesis Battlegreen Run – Nov. 3, 2019

Spencer’s Sprinters take on Genesis Battlegreen Run – Nov. 3, 2019

Last year, Spencer’s Sprinters raised just over $20,000 for Cure Sanfilippo Foundation by running the Genesis Battlegreen Run in Lexington, MA. This year, Spencer’s Sprinters are crushing last year’s fundraising and are on their way to raising $30,000 in advance of the Nov. 3 race day.

LexFUN! and Lexington Neighbors and Newcomers’ Club organize the annual Spencer’s Sprinters effort on behalf of the Smiths, a local family whose son Spencer has Sanfilippo Syndrome. 

Like all toddlers, Spencer loves to splash in the pool with his daddy, dance in the yard with his mommy, and pet every puppy dog he can get my hands on. But unlike most boys and girls, he’s battling MPS-III, commonly known as Sanfilippo Syndrome. 

Sanfilippo Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that can most-easily be understood as “childhood Alzheimer’s.” Both are a death sentence, but where Alzheimer’s strikes people toward the end of their lives, Sanfilippo attacks kids just as they have begun to learn to walk and talk.

There are several teams of researchers around the world who are studying ways to treat Sanfilippo kids like Spencer who lack an enzyme that breaks down natural cellular waste. 

The funds raised by Spencer’s Sprinters helps Cure Sanfilippo Foundation architect and fund more research to treat and/or cure this terrible disease, as well as increases awareness of Sanfilippo. 

“It is absolutely amazing to see the local community continue to rally around Spencer and his family,” said Glenn O’Neill, President of Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. “Their generous outpouring of love and support for this family means the crucial research for a cure will continue. It also gives hope to every parent of a child with Sanfilippo. We thank Spencer’s Sprinters for their tireless work and wish them a great run on Sunday.”

Visit the official Spencer’s Sprinters fundraising site and see the impressive number of people helping raise funds to help Spencer and other children with Sanfilippo.

Learn more about Spencer and hear his parents’ thoughts about life with Sanfilippo Syndrome.

*** UPDATE – Nov. 4, 2019 ***

Spencer’s Sprinters sprinted past their 2019 goal and crossed the finish line raising $33,330 to benefit Cure Sanfilippo Foundation and research to cure Sanfilippo Syndrome with this year’s Genesis Battlegreen Run. 

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