Dear Friends and Family,
I am so proud that you are joining this campaign to raise the $1.7 million needed to fund the next phase of safety studies on a groundbreaking ALS therapy for my close friend, Brian Wallach.
Incredibly, recent research has identified a specific, targeted treatment that addresses Brian's specific genetic mutation, and that has literally reversed decay of Brian's motor neurons in a petri dish. Brian and his wife, Sandra, are raising the $1.7mm needed to fast-track a safety study on this therapy, so that Brian can immediately begin it--before time runs out.
Brian -- an elite college sprinter, former member of the Obama White House, and star federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Illinois -- was diagnosed with ALS three years ago at the age of 37. He has two daughters, Ella and Naomi, ages three and five.
At the time of his diagnosis, Brian's neurologists gave him six months to live. Brian resolved to chart a different course, using every ounce of his strength to raise awareness and funds for this life-threatening disease, which invariably takes its victims' lives before they can even contemplate advocacy.
After raising more than $55 million in federal and charitable funding for ALS research, Brian -- and the state of medical research -- are now at a critical juncture that could literally save Brian's life. If the therapy is deemed safe, it promises to potentially reverse the decline in Brian's neuron function.
Thank you so much for your generous support. And, if this touches a chord, please share with your loved ones.
Ari & Julie
Brian's fight on behalf of those who cannot fight has been covered by the TODAY Show, CNN's Human Factor with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, People Magazine, and the Obama Foundation.
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