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US Tax Deductible EIN: 26-0256621

- (562) 212-1071

- 2409 E. Luke Avenue Phoenix AZ 85016

Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation

The Cure Is Within Reach!

Since our creation in June 2007, the CTSF has raised $4,375,814 from thousands of kind and generous donors. We have issued research grants to 9 researchers/laboratories around the world, and made impressive progress towards our ultimate goal... The Cure!

There is HOPE in your HELP!!!

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2018 Donor Recognition

CURE Level: $5,000+ Donation - FACEBOOK DONORS, Greg Doren *** Research PhD: $1,000 to $4,999 Donation - Bruce Steiger, Bryce & Amy Anderson, David & Christine Novicky, Kyle & Mindi Zollar *** Research: $500 to $999 Donation - Adam Anderson, Charles Barrington, Chip & Lori Combs, Corinne Cooley, Game Day Apparel, Julie Hooper, Karl and June Reidel, Shari Stengel, United Way- Southeast Michigan *** Treatment Provider: $250 to $499 Donation - Bank of America, Christine Girello, Felicia Kemp, Lindsey Bower, Tony Mitchell, Your Cause HCA - Joy Milligan *** Symptom Manager: $101 to $249 Donation - Amazon Smile, Brian & Rana Sass, Brian & Sherri Manning, Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP, General Atlantic Foundation, John Nagengast, Joseph & Colleen Alletto, Lisa Borg, Mike & June Martz, Nadia Tyner, Patricia Beaudry, Sue Boldra For Kansas *** Jacob Sheep Parent: $100 Donation - Art & Barbara Nehr, Bob Bihn, Clifton Churchhill, Dianne Goold, Jewish Federation of Atlanta- Caroline & Randy Gold, Kaitlyn & Kathleen Chambers, Ken & Corinne Hynes, Kountry Shanty, Nan Chapman, Optimal Medical Staffing, Thomas Maginn, William and Carol Ball *** Care Provider: $1 to $99 Donation - Alexander Leonard, Alicia Watts, Ann McClure, Beneivity , Brian & Sally Hasty, Christina Foster, Davey Tree Svc., David & Cecelia Corley, Ed & Barbara Busi, Elizabeth Masiero, Fred Villao, Gina Koehler, Grace Endy, Guardian, Jeff & Heidi Dodd, Jeffrey Keefner, Jenna Francisco, Joy Milligan, Kevin Mingus, Kristen Sobieski, Lori Lenhard, Margaret Walters , Maria Flemming, Marlene Fineman, Megan Watts, Mike & Susan Elizer, Paul & Carol Wagner, Richard & Petria Lundwall, Richard & Sue Herman, Richard Etchells, Robert & Joan Wheeler, Sagar Mehta, Stacy Stein, Tony Navarrete, Truist, Wells Fargo Employees, Your Cause *** Donations made in honor of: - Drew A., Grayson K., Matt & Valerie Cox *** Donations made in memory of: - Ali Jean, Cora, Elise's 15th bday, Emma, Enid Deborah Titelman and Marcia Barbara Titelman, Lexi, Marvin Saperstein, Peg Moffitt, Sabrina Tuleja ***

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Tay-Sachs disease is caused by the absence or insufficient level of a vital enzyme called Hexosaminidase A (Hex-A). Without Hex-A, a fatty substance or lipid called GM2 ganglioside accumulates abnormally in cells, especially in the nerve cells of the brain. This ongoing accumulation, also called substrate, causes progressive damage to the cells. In Classic Infantile the destructive process begins in the fetus early in pregnancy, although the disease is not clinically apparent (symptoms do not start) until the child is several months old. By the time a child with Tay-Sachs disease is three or four-years old, the nervous system is so badly affected that life itself cannot be supported. Even with the best of care, all children with classic Tay-Sachs disease die early in childhood, usually by the age of 5, although some do live longer.

How do set up a free Facebook Fundraiser?

Many of you have asked how to set up a FB Fundraiser.... here ya go. You can create fundraisers for charitable organizations and personal causes on Facebook for Birthdays, Anniversary's, or any occasion!

To create a fundraiser for the CTSF: (no cost to you!)

1.  Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed

2.  Click Raise Money...

3.  Select Nonprofit/Charity (Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation)

4.  Select a charitable organization, choose a cover photo and fill in the fundraiser details

5.  Click Create


"Holy Cow! Over 2000 people "Like" the CTSF Facebook page now, and our this website has been visited 6000 times in the last 12 months. I'm humbled! It's March 5th, and we have already brought in over $100,000 this year for research. With what we have planned for the rest of the year, you ain't seen nuttin yet! Of course, we plan to write checks for over $800,000 this year. Our funding will see the first Gene Therapy treatment this year, and two other clinical trials on affected children! There will be obstacles, but there has never been..... not even close... this much hope. ALL our hope has been from your help. So, if you have a rich crazy Uncle someplace, now is the time to send him our website address. Our work is never too late for our kids and those kids yet to be born. They deserve a full and happy life. That's why we do this"

Thrivent Financial

Thanks to Bob and Jackie Lehman, we are now registered with Thrivent Financial Products. As a fraternal benefit nonprofit, monies from their products can be designated to charities. My mom submitted the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation and it has been approved. So anyone with a Thrivent product can designate CTSF as a beneficiary. Thrivent originally was a Lutheran Fraternal Insurance non-profit but now is open to all people.

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. Visit for more.

Dear Mr Karl:

Thank you once again for expressing your continued interest in the investigational compound, Nacetyl-D, L-leucine, and its potential therapeutic applications for the treatment of Niemann-PickDisease type C, Tay-Sachs, ataxias and other types of lysosomal storage and neurodegenerative diseases.

In your recent inquiry, you asked for the status of the preparatory activities for the planned clinical trials. We are very pleased to inform you that IntraBio Inc and Pierre Fabre Laboratories have now concluded an agreement to enable IntraBio to gain full access to all documents related to N-acetyl- D,L-leucine and its enantiomer, owned by Pierre Fabre, to support the preparation of the required documents to seek regulatory approval in order for these clinical trials to be initiated in a timely manner.

Both companies are also engaged in ongoing discussions to explore the opportunity for Pierre Fabre Laboratories to provide further technical support for these clinical trials to be carried out by IntraBio as the study sponsor.

With your continued support, we very much look forward to ensuring that the clinical development will lead to new methods of treatment to benefit patients in these rare and life-threatening conditions where there is unquestionably a clear unmet medical need.

Yours sincerely;

For IntraBio Inc

Mallory Factor, Chairman

For Pierre Fabre Laboratories

Silvia Gatti-MacArthur, Head of Central Nervous System Innovation Unit

New Drug Offers New Hope

IMPORTANT READ: Finally, perhaps, some HOPE from a "new" treatment:

I've been authorized by Mallory Taylor, CEO of IntraBio in the UK, to pass on to you some information on a drug that may have some potential, in some cases within our community, to slow the build-up of GM2. Commonly known as Tanganil, this over the counter (in France) and inexpensive drug has shown great promise and is worthy of further study. These studies are planned as noted below. Neither I nor the CTSF re...commend or advocate for this drug at this point, as it is not FDA approved for use in the US.

I pass on this information because doing so is consistent with our mission statement of communicating on-going research and discovery related to the treatment of Tay-Sachs. While this drug is NOT a cure, I believe any news of such significant importance should be shared with our community and our donors.

IntraBio Clinical Programs

Tay-Sachs Disease with IB1000

IntraBio Inc is pleased to announce significant progress in the treatment of rare neurodegenerative diseases with IB1000, a well-tolerated, modified amino acid that is administered orally. Most notably, IB1000 is showing promising effects in pre-clinical and Phase 1 observational clinical studies in patients with late-onset Tay-Sachs (TS) disease. These findings are also supported by results from in vitro cellular studies and studies in a Sandhoff animal model. In addition, patients with Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease, and various subtypes of Cerebellar Ataxias (CA) have been treated with IB1000 and observed symptomatic benefit. A multi-national, randomized, controlled Phase 2/3 clinical trial of IB1000 in 108 CA patients was recently completed, with the final results expected in 2018.

IntraBio is now planning multi-national randomized, controlled pivotal clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of IB1000 as a therapeutic intervention in patients with TS, NPC and specific CA diseases. IntraBio hopes to commence enrollment in one or more of these pivotal trials in the EU in early 2018 to be followed by recruitment in North America. In these trials, the safety and efficacy of IB1000 will be determined for each indication using validated clinical and quality of life assessment scales. IntraBio will provide full details of clinical site locations and the clinical trial design including inclusion criteria as soon as they are available.

About IntraBio

IntraBio is a global leader developing novel therapies and treatments for "orphan" and neurodegenerative diseases, including lysosomal storage disorders, which have high unmet medical needs. IntraBio has been granted Orphan Medicinal Product Designation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for two drug compounds, including IB1000 for the treatment of Niemann-Pick Types A, B & C diseases.

Mallory Factor

Chairman of IntraBio Inc

Lysosomal Disease Network

We'd like to help you keep current with the newest research in lysosomal diseases.

Here is this week's fresh PubMed listing of recent peer-reviewed publications in our lysosomal diseases field. You can use the "Sort By" options at the top of the PubMed page to arrange them in a manner that is maximally useful to you:

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications List in PebMed

Our Mission

The Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation is dedicated to funding the on-going research needed to find treatments and a cure for Tay-Sachs Disease.

Once the cure for Tay-Sachs has been found - and we will find it! - we will dedicate our efforts to promoting carrier-testing and Tay-Sachs awareness initiatives.

To begin the journey into Tay-Sachs Awareness, click here.

Last Month's Update

The CTSF started the year with a very solid January, bringing in $77,308 that will go towards advanced medical research. We had many kind and generous donors, and they remembered and honored our great kids. Drew, Nikko, Dylan M., Mackenzie, Charles Lee, Hunter, Elise, Krystie, Amelia, Dakota, Emma, Nathan and Dillon Robaut, ... donations came in for all of them! We also had donations in memory of folks whose families remembered their loved ones. Donations were received in memory of Enid Deborah Titelman and Marcia Barbara Titelman, Lindsey Bower, Peg Moffitt, and Tony Mitchell.

We brought in over $5000 from Facebook Fundraisers done by individuals celebrating a special occasion. What an easy way to involve your friends and family in supporting our efforts.

We will spend almost $750,000 this year in research grants. The closer we get, the more expensive it gets. So, have a little fun and do something special this year that raises some money for us. We have plenty of great things you can use as a grand prize or as a silent auction item ... Just ask!

Family Stories

Nikko's Story

Nikko was born on May 14 2015 and he is our firstborn son. Nikko since day one I always knew as his mother that he was angelic and filled a room with so much love with just his presence. What I didn't know was Nikko would be

Brennan's Story

Words cannot express what a privilege it was to be Brennan's parents. The Lord chose us to care for this precious child and now he is home. Brennan passed on March 4, 2016, in the comfort of his own home. It was fairly sudden and our hearts are broken. Brennan's parents, Holly and Royce Stringer, reside in Prescott, Arizona.

Alyssa's Story

Alyssa Tyner was born on a pretty morning on June 19, 2014. We were so happy and blessed to finally have our family complete. Alyssa was the little sister to Leilani, who felt proud to be the big loving sister.

Krystie's Story

Krystie Anna Karl-Steiger was born on January 26, 2006 on a warm sunny winter day in California. Our precious little girl had a full head of hair, and gulped down her first bottle in record time.

Ryan's Story

Ryan Anthony Babo was born February 19, 2002. Like all Tay-Sachs children, he was absolutely beautiful. I remember lying in bed next to him when he was just a week old, watching him sleep, wondering what I had ever done in my life to deserve him.

Molly's Story

Molly Grace was born on September 26, 2003. She was born 2 months early and weighed only 4lbs 0oz. Although she was so small she was very healthy.

Elise's "Big Elise" Story

Elise Catherine ten Berge was born on February 5, 2003. She was our first child and as all new parents do, we thought about what Elise's future would be like: her first word, her first step, and her first day of school.

Dakota's Story

Dakota Jean Bihn was born on May 30, 1999. She was a beautiful baby, weighing in at exactly 8 pounds. Everything about her seemed perfect. During Dakota's first year, she developed as a normal baby should. She sat up, rolled over, ate, and walked, all when she should.

Conner's Story

Conner, a precious miracle and an amazing creature sent to Carl, Brenden and myself one cold, snowy January day. From the second he entered our life, I knew in my heart he was so incredibly special. His first smile, his first cry, even his first breath, he was--and remains--beautiful.

Lexi's Story

My name is Alexis Nichole Markowich or just "Lexi". I was born on March 9, 2001 to Craig and Nichole Markowich and I also have a big sister Brianne. When I was four, on August 4, 2005, we got the devastating news that I had Juvenile Onset Tay Sachs Disease (JOTSD).

Isabel's Story

Isabel was born in Buenos Aires on February of 2009. Until the age of two Isabel was a healthy little girl. She had the life that any other child could have: school, little friends at park, holidays and trips to Spain to visit her family. And always a big smile on her face...

Lexi's Story

Our daughter Lexi was born on March 30, 2011. She was born in Junction City, Kansas right outside of Fort Riley. I am in the army so.....

Nathan's Story

Our son Nathan Harney is almost 17 months old. He is a wonderful, happy baby who has beautiful blue eyes, a huge personality, and is the light of our lives. He is a gentle soul that we have been blessed with......

Karin's Story

My sisters and I had what seemed to be a normal up bringing in Southwestern, Ohio to a set of parents who were regular too.....

Isaiah's Story

On March 16, 2007, Isaiah came into the world at 9:41 PM weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. he was greeted by his daddy, Grandma Lisa, and Great Aunt Chaundra.

Rachaeli's Story

Rachaeli entered this world with her eyes open wide; God delivered her to us shortly before the start of the Sabbath on Friday October 25, 2002. It was a perfect delivery, following a perfect pregnancy. Rachaeli was absolutely captivating.

Kaiden's Story

Kaiden was born December 20, 2006. He was my beautiful blue eye, blond hair angel. He was the best baby any parents could ask for. He smiled constantly and barely cried. I would tell my Mother all the time that he was my "special little man".......

Elise's "Baby Elise" Story

Elise was born December 1, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. She was an absolutely perfect baby with an easy pregnancy. We never imagined we could love someone as much as we love Elise. The next 6 months were the happiest months of our lives......

Cole's Story

Travis Cole Snellgrove was born to Wendi and Travis on April 12th, 2004. He was born with no problems and was home the next day. He was a very good baby and we had no problems with him for the first month, then he started having trouble.....

DJ's Story

Dylan James Manning (commonly referred to as "DJ") was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2001. Dylans arrival was a long awaited event for his parents, Brian and Sherri of Atglen, Pennsylvania. Although Dylan was anxious to arrive almost four weeks early, he was not quick to reach his milestones. Doctors naturally gave him a little extra time to reach things like crawling and rolling over due to his prematurity.

Amelia's Story

Amelia was born September 29, 2006 and was a sweet, easy-going baby right from the start. Her baby book filled up as it should have first smile at four weeks, rolled over at four months, babbled at five months.

Charles Story

Charles Lee Anderson was born on February 26, 2006 to Bryce and Amy Anderson. His sister Anna was 14 and brother Ben was 11. Charles Lee was so perfect.

Emma's Story

Emma Rose was born on May 17, 2004. She was very eager to enter our world - arriving before my doctor could even get to the hospital! She was a beautiful, healthy, and sweet baby.

Lacie's Story

My name is Lacie Wivell and this is my story. I was born on April 8, 2004, to Rick and Lisa Wivell. I had two older sisters, Amanda and Rikki, and two older brothers, Levi and Colby. I also had another brother, Dakota, that went to be an angel in 2001.