Published On: Fri, Jun 8th, 2012

Golf Tournament for Catherine’s Hope for a Cure Raises $20,000

Long-time Boca Ratonresident, Catherine Abbott-Horowitz, was diagnosed with Batten disease in 2009, and her sons have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the always-fatal, neuro degenerative condition.

“Most people have never heard of Batten disease,” she explained to the large group of friends and supporters at the tournament. “But it is the most prevalent neuro degenerative disease in children. When I was diagnosed, as an adult, I had to do a lot of research to find doctors who were working on this disease. I was fortunate to find researchers at Harvard /Massachusetts General Hospital and inLondon, but they are terribly under-funded. So I decided to dedicate my life to raising funds for research. One hundred percent of the money I raise goes to the doctors and their research on Batten disease. It also helps doctors gain greater understanding about the other neuro degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS.”

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