Giving Tuesday 2021

Sent December 22, 2021

Dear Friends,

Your donation helped push us over the top, maximizing the $65,000 #GivingTuesday match!

It is truly amazing – that in a year filled with cancelled in-person events and struggles getting back to normal, A-T research continues because of generous donations like yours on #GivingTuesday.

You should feel great that your donation made such a tremendous impact. Together, we will find meaningful therapies – and a cure – for all children and young adults with A-T!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holidays!

All the best,

Jennifer

Jennifer Thornton, Executive Director


Sent November 30, 2021

Friends,

It’s Giving Tuesday – and we are so grateful once again to announce that we have two anonymous donors who together would like to match the first $65,000 in donations – from now through Friday, December 3rd!

This past year has continued to be difficult for so many – with pandemic-related losses and struggles at school and work. In spite of these challenges, A-T researchers have been working nonstop – as have our grassroots fundraisers who pivoted from hosting in-person events to creating virtual events, on-line fundraisers and a few socially-distanced golf tournaments.

A-T research continues to advance rapidly in many directions, giving us much hope! The little girl with A-T who started receiving an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) gene therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital early last year continues to do well. Because of your donations, we have been able to fund this groundbreaking work, which was recently reported on in Science magazine. You can read the story here. We are now working with researchers to expand this research – both to include more children in the ASO testing and applying more types of DNA-based approaches.

Some additional projects include: screening existing drugs for efficacy in cells from A-T kids; developing blood or spinal fluid biomarkers as well as wearable sensors to objectively measure whether treatments are working; and, continuing to expand the Global A-T Family Data Platform where families share their information directly with researchers – just to name a few.

As you know, A-T is an extraordinarily rare disease, and we are definitely punching above our weight! Thank you, as always, for making it happen with your donations. It literally couldn’t happen without you!

All the best,

Jennifer

Jennifer Thornton, Executive Director

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