Calling all Heroes!

It’s true what they say, “What starts here changes the world.” Garland has enlisted the help of hometown hero and University of Texas quarterback, Sam Ehlinger, to reach more friends so that he can help fund a treatment that could save his sister’s life! Hook ‘Em!

You can make a donation and stay up to date with Garland’s progress at beahero.beyondbatten.org OR you can text HERO to 501501 and $10 will be added to your next phone bill.

BBDF Welcomes Chase the Cure

BBDF Welcomes Chase the Cure to our family of donor advised funds. By pooling resources and connecting communities we are able to expand our impact and reach to accelerate research. We are so grateful to have them join forces so that we can one day eradicate juvenile Batten disease for Chase and the hundreds of other children who are affected.

Together Chase the Cure and Beyond Batten Disease Foundation are spreading awareness and raising funds for medical research to eradicate this disease. To find out more about Chase the Cure and the Peterson family visit the website.

Batten Families Gather at TCH for Research Update

For the first time in foundation history, affected families from all over the world gathered at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. The families were able to meet the research team, tour the lab and learn more about BBDF projects. Additionally, the foundation brought in outside experts and researchers to share information about other treatment options on the horizon.
“It meant the world to me to be surrounded by such positive and motivated people. I am just in awe of Beyond Batten and all of your collaborators. You have given us such real hope.” Family Attendee

BBDF Partners with ThinkGenetic in Support of Mission

Spearheading a unique, cohesive strategy, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation has added ThinkGenetic to its collaborators by joining the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program.

“Partnership and collaboration have been the cornerstone of Beyond Batten Disease Foundation’s success and we are excited to work with ThinkGenetic, ” said Mary Beth Kiser, President and CEO of Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. “As a rare disease patient advocacy group, we appreciate the importance of creating awareness and sharing information.  Beyond Batten has a robust research portfolio and a principal scientist on staff.  We hope to share information and serve as a resource to juvenile Batten patients and beyond.  ThinkGenetic is the perfect platform to help us do that.”

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Brineura Approval Invigorates Research, Awareness About Other Batten Treatments

Soon after the first-ever therapy for Batten disease was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2017, Danielle Kerkovich, principal scientist at the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, started fielding questions from families wondering if their child could take the new treatment.

Kerkovich had to tell parents that they, unfortunately, could not. That’s because the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation works with kids who have the CLN3 form of Batten disease. Brineura (cerliponase alpha), developed by the pharmaceutical company BioMarin, can’t be used for CLN3 — it was designed for patients with the CLN2 form of the disease.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Over $70,000 raised in February!

It is an exciting time for the Foundation and our affected families as we near the possibility of a clinical trial for the first-ever treatment for juvenile Batten disease. Our February newsletter highlights a new donor advised fund, Bind Up Batten, three community fundraisers, a plethora of ways to get involved and of course your monthly update on the Be Project, which is now up to $3.7 million dollars towards our $6 million goal! You can read the full newsletter HERE!

High Schoolers Taking a Swing at Batten!

The Youth Leadership Committee hosted their first-ever fundraiser at TopGolf in Austin Texas on Sunday, February 18, 2018 and raised $9,684 for research! Special thanks to our sponsors Covert Auto Group, Jaguar Land Rover Austin, Smiles Austin, Tarrytown Pharmacy, HillCo Partners, Shannon Windham-Realtor, DeDe Church & Associates, LLC and Kasandra Keyes Photography + Design.

VIEW/DOWNLOAD PHOTOS HERE

BBDF Welcomes the Bind Up Batten Fund

BBDF Welcomes the Bind Up Batten Fund to our family of donor advised funds. By pooling resources and connecting communities we are able to expand our impact and reach to accelerate research. We are so grateful to have them join forces so that we can one day eradicate juvenile Batten disease for Charleston and the hundreds of other children who are affected.

Last  year, the Klein family received the devastating news that their oldest son, Charleston, suffers from juvenile Batten disease. The Kleins quickly reached out to Beyond Batten Disease Foundation for help and guidance. To find out more about the Bind Up Batten Fund visit the website.

Faces of Hope: ABC13 Houston Features Will Herndon


BBDF and the Will Herndon Research Fund would like to thank everyone who tuned into, watched, shared, and recorded the “Faces of HOPE” special on ABC13 Houston featuring Will. The special included 4 segments, each highlighting a child with a rare and hard-to-detect medical condition.

“For years these children were medical mysteries. Now, they are getting answers and treatments thanks to cutting-edge reserach being done right here in our own backyard.” 

You can watch the FULL SPECIAL HERE or click through to segment 3 to watch the segment on Will. #SAVEWILL

2018 Run to the Sun Success!

This past Sunday Austin Youth Fitness hosted the 3rd annual Run to the Sun Fun Run 5K and Kids’ K benefitting Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. What started as a cold and rainy morning turned into a wonderful event filled with fitness, family and philanthropy that raised over $8,200 for research!

VIEW/DOWNLOAD PHOTOS from the event, courtesy of Kasandra Keyes.

*Special thanks to Ballooms Austin, Kula Karate, Kasandra Keyes and the Austin Youth Fitness coaches, Allison Phillips, Cindy Samok, Dana Reyna, Brandon Batiansila, Courtney Ewing, Emily Chauvin and Larry Chauvin.

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