Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sarah Elisabeth Glassman

Sarah Elisabeth Glassman (NPA/B)
Jan. 30, 2007 - Aug. 30, 2010

With great sadness we pass along word of the death of Sarah Elisabeth Glassman, age 3 years, from the effects of Niemann-Pick Disease Type A/B (ASMD).

Sarah is survived by her parents, Aaron and Valerie Glassman of Norfolk, Virginia; her brother, Zachary; grandparents Dr. Myron and Nanci Glassman and Brenda Bowling; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and admirers.

"Loved by all who knew her, delicate and tiny Sarah was an amazing inspiration. It was an honor to be with this little angel. She taught everyone the true value of each day on earth and gave us all so many happy memories."

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Edmarc Hospice for Children (www.edmarc.org) or the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Aaditya Michael Dasgupta

Aaditya Michael Dasgupta (NPC)
Feb. 15, 2001 - Aug. 12, 2010

We sadly inform you of the death of Aaditya Michael Dasgupta due to Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC), on August 12.

Nine-year-old Aaditya is the son of Aaditya Ravi Dasgupta and Tasneem Tankiwala of India, and the nephew of NNDPF member Duriya Lakdawala of Michigan.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, August 14.

Our deepest sympathy to Aaditya's family and many friends.

To learn more about Niemann-Pick Disease and to join our Quest for a Cure, please visit the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation's Web site.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Carnival Raises Funds in Memory of Karen Sullivan

Jason, Sarah and Abby Sullivan, ages 10, 7 and 5, respectively, organized and held a backyard carnival to raise funds for the NNPDF in memory of their aunt, Karen Sullivan, who died in 2004 as a result of Niemann-Pick Disease Type C (NPC).

After several weeks of planning, the children made signs and posters to advertise and invite their friends and neighbors to come for games, prizes, and food.

The whole family got involved as one grandma made funnel cakes and another ran the bean bag toss, while the two grandpas ran the golf game and served as the event photographer. The late-summer heat wave even broke in time for a perfect evening, and the neighborhood was very supportive, raising almost $500 for the fight against NPD!

Jason, Sarah and Abby are the children of Kevin and Jean Sullivan and the grandkids of Art and Nancy Sullivan of Chesterfield, Missouri. Nancy recently retired from the NNPDF Board of Directors and Art serves on the NNPDF's Finance Committee.

Thank you, Jason, Sarah and Abby, and the entire Sullivan family!

To see more photos from the carnival, and to read about other family fundraisers advancing the Quest for a Cure, visit the NNPDF's Upcoming Events page.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Princess Monica Celebrates First Birthday!

The 18th Annual National Niemann-Pick Disease Family Support and Medical Conference was held August 5th through 8th, in Toronto, Canada.

One of many highlights of the conference was the "Princess Party" held in honor of the first birthday of Monica Taillefer, daughter of Heather Patenaude-Taillefer and Simon Taillefer of Quebec.

The party was complete with a tiara for Princess Monica, crowns for all the kids, cake, of course, and special appearances by Cinderella and Snow White.

For more conference details and a link to see dozens of great photos from the event, visit the NNPDF NewsLine page.