June 9, 2011

Road to Discovery

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June 06, 2011
By South Bend Tribune Staff Report

SOUTH BEND -- University of Notre Dame science dean Gregory Crawford and his wife, Renate, will embark on a second cross-country bicycle ride to raise money for medical research.

The Crawfords will use the ride to support research seeking treatments and a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a rare and deadly neurodegenerative disease that primarily strikes children.

The couple will depart Monday on "Road to Discovery," a 2,200-mile ride from Boston to Dallas.

The Crawfords last summer biked 2,300 miles from Tucson, Ariz., to Notre Dame to celebrate Notre Dame's strengthened partnership with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding medical research projects to find a treatment for NPC and related disorders. Notre Dame's former head football coach Ara Parseghian lost three grandchildren to NPC.


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