Last night in St. Louis, Taylor’s Tale helped make it possible to award one-year grants to four talented research teams from the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas (led by Sandra Hofmann, MD, PhD, whose work we’ve funded for the past two years), Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri and the National Institutes of Health.
These projects will help us move closer to a cure for children with infantile NCL, the form of Batten disease from which Taylor suffers.
On behalf of Taylor’s Tale, I’d like to thank our funding partners in these endeavors: Hayden’s Batten Disease Foundation Inc. and the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRA) North American and Australian chapters.
I also want to thank all of our donors, who’ve given me the gift of hope and a very real belief in our ability to write the happy ending for which we’ve been desperately searching since July 24, 2006 – the day of T’s diagnosis. That day, my family cried in each other’s arms, but before the tears dried, we’d gathered the resolve to fight for a little girl who deserves nothing less. We couldn’t do it without you; love to you all.