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Jacob's Cure, Inc.

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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Health, Medical Research, Pediatrics Research

Mission: Jacob’s Cure is a 501c3, non-profit foundation that was created in September 2000. Jordana Holovach is the Founder and Director of Jacob’s Cure. She created the foundation because of her passion to save the life of her son, Jacob, who is afflicted with Canavan disease, a fatal genetic brain disorder. The sole mission of Jacob’s Cure is to fund research in Canavan disease that aims to cure thousands of children dying of Canavan disease today. Jacob’s Cure allocates monies raised to research, this is made possible due to volunteer staff and minimal overhead. Areas of research include gene-therapy, stem cell transplantation, pharmacological approaches and basic science in understanding the pathways of the disease. Because Canavan is a rare disorder, federal funding is scarce. It is through the efforts of Jacob’s Cure and the philanthropy of others that enables Canavan research to continue and a cure for Canavan a hopeful reality.

Results: To date, Jacob’s Cure has funded two gene-therapy trials and is currently funding research towards a phase 1 stem-cell clinical trial aimed for 2011. Research efforts to date have slowed down and in some cases halted the progression of the disease in most of the children who received gene-therapy and have begun the recommended pharmacological regimen.

Programs: University of medicine & dentristry of new jersey $49,500 umass medical school $100,000 heartbeat lifesharing $250

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of Jacobs cures dedication to the fight against Canavan disease, there is hope. Hope that one day there will be a cure for this devastating illness that has claimed the life of my daughter, Amber, and threatens the lives of my other daughters, Ariel and Kaydi. There are no words that can adequately convey my gratitude to this organization, and to Jordana and Sarah, for their endeavors on behalf of my children and the other children out there who are struggling daily because of canavans. The research that Jacobs cure supports has made significant progress in the treatment of canavans with pharmacologic approaches. There are also promising treatments on the horizon involving gene therapy and stem cell transplantation.


Client Served

Rating: 5

To the board members of Jacob’s Cure, we, as parents, are grateful for your time, your talents, and your gifts. For your unselfish devotion to the work that has made Jacob’s Cure a force that has enabled treatments to be developed when there was none, to give hope where there was none, and help us move forward in life knowing we no longer walked alone.

Jordana, you have been a rock to parents who have received the devastating news that their child had limited time on this earth and have served as a constant reminder that we as parents will not succumb to such a prognosis. You have given Canavan families a hope and security of knowing there is someone fighting for our children. You are a true inspiration and a blessing. You have given our kids a voice… one that is being heard through your efforts and one that has created pathways that have created better lives for the children battling this disease today. It is such an honor to have someone as yourself that we as foundations can learn from, receive encouragement from and follow as an example of courage, a diligent servant to the children and families struck by this disease. In spite of your everyday battles that so many in this room understand, you push through and continue your focus on funding the cure for Canavan.

Sarah, you serve the families of Canavan children with such compassion and dedication. You have a gift of bringing our families together and creating a “home base” for us, where you nourish and support the friendships that grow from that base. .. Friendships that are beyond that casual contact or even the ones that are built on compatibility…. but friendships that are deep seeded on the unspoken. Through Jacob’s Cure, you have become a member and a treasure to our Canavan family. Please know that every canavan parent you touch has great gratitude for the many things you do.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Jacob's Cure is a caring and selfless organization that is devoted to finding a cure for this horrific disease. The inspiration that Jordana and Jacob's Cure has, allows me to continue to have hope that one day, soon, a cure will exist and hopefully help my 11 year old daughter and every other child affected with Canavan Disease.