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Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation

The Cure Is Within Reach!

Since our creation in June 2007, the CTSF has raised $4,092,830 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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2017 Donor Recognition

CURE Level: $5,000+ Donation - Nick Athanasakos *** Research PhD: $1,000 to $4,999 Donation - Bosch Charity Committee, Bosch Charity Committee, Rick Karl & Bruce Steiger, Todd & Holly McDonald, Nu-Di Corporation, Dave & Nicki Luce, Christopher Ammann, Todd Brubaker *** Research: $500 to $999 Donation - Scott & Diana Metzger, Murphy Distribution, Keith Babo, Karl & June Reidel, Erie Indemnity, Doug & Kathleen Bivona, Roy Beckelhymer, Christopher Modelewski *** Treatment Provider: $250 to $499 Donation - Gina Cousineau, Superior Air Health, Filterqueen, Andrew Babiak *** Symptom Manager: $101 to $249 Donation - Bob & Becky Leach, Casey & Tom Pounds, Linda & Casey Salony, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Euclid School NJ, United Way for Southeastern Michigan *** Jacob Sheep Parent: $100 Donation - Patty & John Campbell, Farzad Shirzod, Jack Hoehlein, Joan OLear, Brian Mills, Angela Morrissey, Hart Holdings, Ryan Hildenbrand, Tom & Julie McDaniel, Jeannette Carrino, Robert Martin, Nagesh Kanumury, Dave Wallis, Bob & Jean Bihn, Robert Lowe, Matthew Stein *** Care Provider: $1 to $99 Donation - Kassi & Heath Robinson, Robbie & Lorelei Sandoval, Charles Barrington, Chubb, Melanie Lomascolo, Amanda Kitchen, JD Martz, Tracy Gordon, Phillip LoFaso, Lei Loni Ashley Kershaw, Dave & Nicole Luce, Amazon Smile, Truist, Jeff & Sharon Keefner, Liz Warren, Enrique Martinez, Grace Endy, Michael Tremblay, Lorin Shelley, Benjamin Purer, Meghan Usher, John Shimkus, Tara & Thom Douglas *** Donations made in honor of: - Mackenzie Plick, Isaac Sandoval *** Donations made in memory of: - Riley Luce, Alexis Markowich, Krystie Karl-Steiger, Annabel Pounds, Dylan "DJ" Manning, Elise ten Berge, Dakota Bihn, Lori Novicky, Lexi Gordon, Chuck Ellens, Hailey Kitchen ***

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.

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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

In February 2017, the CTSF raised $15,665 in donations, dividends and interest from 33 kind and generous donors who jumped in to help fund research for our kids. Since our creation in June 2007 the CTSF has raised $4,054,105 while incurring $363,220 in expenses (8.7% of revenue) and issued $2,125,334 in research grants!! We expect to issue yet another grant in March or April. There is so much HOPE in your HELP!!!

Family Stories

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.