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Canavan Research Illinois - Cure Canavan disease

Canavan Research Illinois
Dedicated To Curing 
Canavan Disease

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Canavan Research Illinois

he '17th Annual Canavan Charity Ball'
will be held on OCT. 3 2015 in memory of Isaac Michael Levin

The 17th Annual Canavan Charity Ball will be held in loving memory of Isaac Michael Levin. Little Isaac lost his battle with Canavan disease on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm. Isaac was only 18 months old when he passed away. Isaac's parents are dedicated supporters of CRI and the research we support. We will dedicate the event and all proceeds towards a research grant  to help honor the memory and fighting spirit of Isaac. CLICK HERE FOR INVITATION

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or mail to Canavan Research Illinois, PO Box 5823, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.
Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.




October Is Canavan Disease Awareness Month

On March 6th 1998, we were given the news that no parent ever wants to hear... our son, Max Randell, was diagnosed with Canavan disease." Our beautiful 4 month old baby boy was dying of Canavan disease, a degenerative brain disease for which there was no cure or treatment. At that point we decided to fight for our dear little Max and all the other children with Canavan disease.

We soon learned that there was one chance in the world for our son... experimental research pioneered by parents determined to keep their children and hope alive. In the hopes that no parent would ever have to hear those words again, our family founded Canavan Research Illinois, an all volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to raise
funds to support medical research, increase public awareness, and network Canavan families.

As a direct result of the cutting edge medical research we support, many of the children battling Canavan have had dramatic improvements in vision and their quality of lives. Because of our dedication - children diagnosed today have therapies available to them that previously did not exist.

Because Canavan serves as a model for other neurological diseases, our advancements can also benefit millions suffering from debilitating neurological diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, and stroke.

Max's 11 year old brother Alex (pictured below with Max and Ilyce) is our youngest volunteer. Alex stuffs and stamps envelopes and educates everyone he meets about Canavan Research Illinois and what we are doing to save the brave children battling Canavan who have so few advocates. Alex is dedicated to becoming a research scientist to conquer neuro-degenerative diseases.His disability prevents him from talking, but Max Randell, center, smiles broadly whenever he cuddles with his mom, Ilyce, and younger brother, Alex.

Alex recently was invited to present to the NIH the critical  need for funding for a potential new trial that promises to  make a difference for children like Max who have so few advocates. His moving presentation  was very well received by Dr. Story Landis, Director of National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and scientists from NINDS and NIH.  Click here for the Daily Herald article article

Ilyce & Michael Randell, co-founders
Canavan Research Illinois

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In the News: 

Canavan Research Illinois - Max Randell, battling Canavan disease
Max Randell at 2

Now seventeen, Max has represented our battle to save the children on:
Dateline NBC
FOX & ABC News
WGN & CBS News
Regis and Kelly
Washington Post
Daily Herald
Pioneer Press
Chicago Tribune
Philadelphia Inquirer

Join Us at the Charity Ball!

The '17th Annual Canavan Charity Ball'
will be held on

Sat. 10/3/15

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For our dedication to these brave children,  we have received the following awards:

Make A Difference
 Day Award

Diet Rite Zero/Boundaries Award


October proclaimed Canavan Disease Awareness Month
in Illinois

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