Cypress family fights to eradicate Batten disease

by Crystal Simmons in The Potpourri – Magnolia Edition

published April 21, 2014

In 1998, Luke Watson was a normal kindergartner who loved Aggie sports and watching ballgames with his dad. His younger sister Rachel loved animals, jewelry and art.

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Longhorns Run Through the Night to Fight Rare Disease

by Chris O’Connell in Alcalde

published April 22, 2014

Christiane Benson is like any other 11-year-old. She likes cooking scrambled eggs, playing the piano, and running around outside with her younger brother Garland and their dogs. But when it comes time

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Austin Teacher Uniting Staff with The Run to the Sun Relay to Support Student

by Alexa Harris in Austin Fit Magazine

published April 18, 2014

Later this month, a group of teachers from Casis Elementary will be participating in The Run to the Sun Relay, a race that benefits Batten disease, a fatal disease

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Overnight Relay from Enchanted Rock to Austin to Save Lives

published in April issue of Tarrytown Newsletter

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Mark Shultz, Ph.D – BBDF’s first graduating doctor


Your generous donations are supporting inspiring and promising researchers who are committing their careers to finding a cure for Batten disease. Mark Schultz is one such researcher who recently graduated with a Ph.D. with the help of BBDF funding in

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Local boy to be honored at relay to find cure for his fatal disease

published on March 25, 2014 in Woodlands Online

THE WOODLANDS, Texas–Rarity is the greatest challenge orphan diseases face. Affected patients are spread out across the country and around the world. Less than 100 children in the United States suffer from

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Beyond Batten Disease Foundation Announces Participation in 2nd Annual “Amplify Austin” Event

In 2008, local Austin couple Charlotte and Craig Benson received the devastating diagnosis that their then five-year-old daughter, Christiane, had juvenile Batten disease. Batten is a rare, inherited neurological disorder that strikes young children, first causing vision loss and seizures,

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Aspiring politician aims to spread word on rare childhood diseases

by Stephanie Buckner in Cleveland Advocate

published March 14, 2014

Juvenile Batten Disease is an extremely rare, fatal and inherited disorder that affects the nervous system and begins in childhood.

For Chuck Meyer, who was most recently a congressional candidate

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February 2014

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Going social for Alzheimer’s research

by Jim Cirigliano in Drug Discovery News

published January 10, 2014

NEW YORK—The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation has announced a new program that will provide a searchable online marketplace for academic and small biotech researchers seeking contract research organizations (CROs)

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Overnight run from Enchanted Rock to Austin to Save Lives

How far would you run to save a life? Ten miles? 26.2? Even 50? In late April, 25 teams of runners will run more than 90 miles in a spectacular overnight journey to raise money and awareness for juvenile Batten

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“Don’t Let Disease Be Your Grinch This Christmas,” Says Mother of Patient with Batten Disease

“A Mother’s Story” by Charlotte Benson

republished by The Global Genes Project on December 21, 2013

With the holidays approaching, the children and I have decided to decorate our front yard with characters from our favorite Christmas story: Dr. Seuss’

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December 2013

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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Expands its ADDF ACCESS Program to Improve Quality and Efficiency of Drug Research for Neurodegenerative Diseases

NEW YORK, NY, November 6, 2013 – The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) announced yesterday the launch of its newly expanded ADDF ACCESS program to provide scientists in academia and small biotechnology companies with access to a virtual network of

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The Jenyis Report

To view a comprehensive progress report of some of our proudest accomplishments over the past 5 years, please click here.

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