This past January, the sixth annual Funding Futures Chicago (FFC) event raised over $145,000 for LuMind™ Research Down Syndrome Foundation (LuMind RDS) to fund Down syndrome research. Funding Futures began in 2012 when a group of dedicated families in the Chicagoland area decided to host a fundraising event for LuMind RDS (then DSRTF) with live music, food, drinks and a silent auction. Since the first event, FFC has raised over $700,000 for LuMind RDS, and continues to grow. On September 20, Funding Futures New York (FFNY) will make its debut at City Winery in New York City.
“We are excited to bring this event to another city,” says Margie Doyle, Director of Development at LuMind RDS and co-founder of FFC. “Over the last six years, we’ve created a community in Chicago that supports and propels the advancement of Down syndrome research, and we look forward to doing the same in New York.”
The September event will be organized by a new committee established in New York City, comprised of parents, friends and family of children with Down syndrome and LuMind RDS supporters. The committee members include Genevieve Shaw Brown, Rachel Adams, Joan O’Neil Ipsen, Austin Gordon, Joey Orfini, James Orfini and Katie Peraino.
Proceeds from the Funding Futures events support research projects funded by LuMind RDS to prevent Alzheimer’s onset, improve cognition, develop gene therapy and advance understanding. Since 2004, the Foundation has provided $17 million in grants to fund research for individuals with Down syndrome at top institutions including University of California San Diego, Stanford University, University of Arizona, Johns Hopkins, Emory, MIT, and UCONN Health.
For more information on Funding Futures, or if you are interested in joining the Chicago or New York committee, please visit www.fundingfutures.us.
A lifetime of support:Planning for a
family member who has special needs
Thursday, September 27
2 p.m. EDT
Toll free: 1-866-747-5167
Long-time LuMind RDS friend and supporter, Elizabeth McKenna, CFP, ChSNC, is hosting a complimentary webinar/teleconference along with Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq., to discuss financial planning for a family member who has special needs. McKenna, a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch, and Whitenack, Co-Chair Elder & Special Needs Practice at Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP, will discuss some of the potential financial, social and legal issues facing parents who have a family member with a disability.
They’ll also talk about strategies for:
- Putting in place the things you want to happen now and after you’re gone
- Helping ensure your loved one’s current quality of life through supplemental income while maintaining government benefits
- Preserving your estate for your family or charitable organizations
• Balancing your financial goals for the benefit of your loved one with a disability and your entire household
For further information call Michelle MacDonald at 973-301-7645 or email email@example.com
Don’t miss an informative symposium highlighting Down Syndrome Research progress The Up of Down: An Insight Into the World of Down Syndrome Established by Alexander’s Angels, Inc. in 2007
This program is co-hosted by Alexander’s Angels, Inc. and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Riland Auditorium Old Westbury, NY 11568 Thursday, October 11, 2018 Time: 1:30 p.m
Please join us for dinner after the symposium.
At Libon Café, Jericho – Price $45
Send cash or check to Alexander’s Angels, Inc.
425 N Broadway #486, Jericho, NY 11753
Join LuMindRDS at the 33nd DSAC Convention on October 13th at the Sheraton Hotel Hartford South
Hampus Hillerstrom, President and CEO of LuMindRDS will be presenting “On the Verge of Research Breakthroughs”: Why We Should Be Excited & Rally Now. Our community, the public and the pharmaceutical industry once thought that therapies to improve health and independence in all ages with Down syndrome (Ds) are too complex. Learn about the recent scientific breakthroughs that challenge this thinking.
- Alzheimer’s therapies can soon be tested in people with Ds
- Silencing genes of concern is closer to becoming reality
- Digital medicine approaches may be prescribed to improve neurocircuitry
- Anti-inflammatory approaches may benefit Ds
- Other breakthroughs are ready for rigorous development
Stop by our booth to learn more about the exciting research that is getting closer to clinical trials and the new LuMind RDS initiatives for the Down syndrome community.
To find out more information about the conference, go to the DSAC website at mydsact.org Our thanks to DSAC for inviting LuMindRDS and for the conference committee for their exceptional work organizing this conference.
Watch this live webinar on Blazing a Trail for Down Syndrome Inclusion in Clinical Trials: What’s Next?
December 13, 2018
Click Here to register
Now that Down syndrome research is ready for clinical trials, LuMind RDS is tackling the challenges that prevent individuals with Down syndrome from being included in trials.
In our upcoming webinar on December 13, James Hendrix, LuMind RDS Chief Scientific Officer, reviews the opportunities and challenges of the clinical trial process, from Phase 1 to FDA approval, and why DS-CTN is a game changer.
This webinar will provide families with a clear understanding of what to expect as we enter this exciting next step towards safe and effective interventions to improve health and independence for all individuals with Down syndrome.
7th Annual Funding Futures Chicago!
Save the date and mark your calendar for Saturday, January 19th, 2019 from 7-midnight.
We are going to light up the night at Fitzgerald’s in our continued support of cognition research dedicated to improve learning, provide greater independence and prevent the onset of early Alzheimer’s disease for people with Down syndrome. Tickets available soon at www.fundingfutures.us
SILENT AUCTION – LIVE MUSIC – GOOSE ISLAND CRAFT BEERS – FABULOUS FOOD, WINE & SPIRIT
Join our Austin Half Marathon Team as we hit the pavement to raise money for Down syndrome research!!! Take on the streets of this great city in one of the best half marathons in the US. Make your miles count with and chance to run free AND make a difference in the lives of people with Down Syndrome.
February 17th, 2019. For more information visit our Austin Half Marathon Information Page.
You’re invited to join us for the most magical race weekend on Earth at Walt Disney World® Resort where your favorite classic Disney characters are the hosts! With race distances for all skill levels, including Kids Races, a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon, participants will enjoy special Disney entertainment on course and earn one-of-a-kind Disney finisher medals. Plus, runners can take on race challenges to earn even more bling. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran runner, everyone can experience the magic of running through Walt Disney World® Resort!