Registration open for Dana’s Angels Research Trust walk

Registration is open for the first-ever Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART) WALK TO THE FINISH on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Greenwich Point Park. The DART WALK TO THE FINISH event will help raise crucial funds for Niemann-Pick type C disease (NPC). To register, visit danasangels.org.

“NPC is a rare and fatal, cholesterol storage disease affecting children and is often called children’s Alzheimer’s,” said Phil Marella, co-founder of DART. Marella noted that, “We founded DART after two of our four children, Dana and Andrew, were diagnosed with NPC. Dana sadly passed away at the age of 19 in 2013, but there is hope for Andrew, our youngest child, who just turned 19 and has been in a clinical trial that DART has helped fund. He is doing much better than Dana was in her late teens, but is still battling seizures and has walking and swallowing issues.”

Most children who suffer from NPC die in their early teens from the disease, but DART is helping to change that fate. As an all-volunteer organization, funds raised at DART events are channeled directly into supporting pivotal NPC research — research that may also help millions of people suffering from HIV/Aids, Ebola, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that appear to be related to cholesterol.

“We are so grateful to this community for all their support over these difficult years,” said Andrea Marella. “Without them, we would not have the treatments that bring us closer to a cure.”

DART is a founding member of a collaborative drug development program called SOAR-NPC or Support Of Accelerated Research. Working with other NPC families and research institutions, SOAR’s collaborators have four clinical trials already to their credit.

To learn more about Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART) or to register for the DART WALK TO THE FINISH, visit danasangels.org, on Facebook @danasangels, Instagram @danasangelsNPC and Twitter @danasangels.

Andrea Marella and her son Andrew. Andrea and her husband Phil Marella are the founders of Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART).

Andrea Marella and her son Andrew. Andrea and her husband Phil Marella are the founders of Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART).

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