Leading the Fight to treat and cure
Tay-Sachs, Canavan, Sandhoff, GM1 and related diseases

2018 Imagine & Believe

A Night of Fun & Philanthropy
A Benefit for National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association

Thursday, November 8th

6-9 pm
Royal Sonesta Hotel
40 Edwin Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA

Dinner | Auction | Program

Silent Auction

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Join our generous sponsors here to support NTSAD as we mark our 61st year.

Program Book Ad

Commemorate this landmark celebration of achievement by recognizing your loved one, your family, or your friends, with an ad in the Gala Program book (available on November 8th or by mail!) 
Submit your ad with this form online here by October 5, 2018.
Buy your tickets and RSVP online hereDeadline to RSVP is October 29th. 

Joining us will be Special Guest Barry Shrage, and Speakers Mandy Ronaldson and Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD!

Barry Shrage One of America’s foremost Jewish leaders, Barry Shrage served for the past 30 years as president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and as a powerful voice on the American Jewish communal scene. He is known in Boston and throughout the world for his tireless support of Jewish education; his promotion of engagement by religious and nonreligious Jews; his commitment to working for social justice at home and abroad alongside others; his strong support of Israel; his bridge-building, outreach and engagement with the non-Jewish community in creative partnerships; and for his boundless energy and creativity.

Mandy Ronaldson - Mandy Ronaldson, and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of four children, Aaron, Emma, Maddy and Mollie.  Maddy and Mollie were both diagnosed two and one-half years ago with juvenile Sandhoff disease.

Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD Miguel Sena-Esteves, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Neurology. His laboratory is investigating gene therapy approaches for a number of diseases including Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases and GM1 gangliosidosis. Based on exceptional results in animal models and the completion of pre-clinical studies, they are moving towards initiating human clinical trials for Tay-Sachs, Sandhoff, and GM1 diseases.




Sanofi Genzyme 



Orphan Star Thereaputics


Amicus Therapeutics 

Aspa Therapeutics

Audentes Therapeutics

Joan and Tim Keutzer 

UMass Medical School 


Adelman Associates

BioStrategies LC

Gerald Cox

Ruth and Ed Feldman

The Hamilton Company

Health Advances

Staci Kallish and Chris Beer

KSQ Therapeutics

Blyth and Charlie Lord


Spark Therapeutics

Speak Life Sciences

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