A second chance at life
Our mission is to help find a cure for Batten Disease. Family organizations in the Batten community have been pivotal in funding scientific discoveries and clinical trials, but none is specifically targeting the variant afflicting children like Mila. We want to do our part and raise $4M to fund research and start a clinical trial to halt degeneration in children facing Mila's type of Batten. Our hope is that scientific advances we fund will also help Batten as a whole, and can be used to combat additional genetic diseases affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Every day matters, as we race to find a cure for this devastating disease.
where is your donation going?
All funds will go towards research and a clinical trial for Mila's variant of Batten. We are in the process of putting together a team of scientists from around the world with experience in Batten disease and clinical trials. We are focusing on gene therapy as it is the fastest and most cost-effective path to a cure, however, we will also assess other options such as small molecule work. A gene therapy approach costs roughly $4 million and includes the initial discovery phase (mouse models and safety studies), production of the gene-therapy vector, and ultimately the design and launch of the clinical trial itself. Our goal is to fund research that will help not only Mila and other children facing her diagnosis, but will also lead to discoveries that could help other diseases.
WHAT IS GENE THERAPY?
Gene therapy involves DNA being injected into a patient to treat a genetic disease, such as Batten. The new DNA usually contains a functioning gene to correct the effects of the disease-causing mutation, and is typically introduced via a benign virus. Great strides have been made in gene therapy over the past decade, showing promising results in hundreds of trials. In addition to helping combat Batten Disease, gene therapy holds promise for treating a wide range of other diseases, including cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes, hemophilia and AIDS. The more gene therapy trials that are funded, the closer scientists get to being able to fix the genetic code and saves millions of lives.
MILA'S MIRACLE FOUNDATION
Mila's Miracle Foundation to Stop Batten was formed in December 2016 upon learning our daughter Mila had Batten Disease: a fatal, devastating genetic disease. We now realize that Mila’s life has a greater purpose than we had ever imagined when she was born. She isn’t just our sunshine. She is a little ray of light, a little spark, for everyone. Our hope is that her spark will ignite others, and one day soon there will be a bright light where there was once just dark.
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW
Mila has lost her vision and much of her ability to walk and talk. But she is a fighter. We need your help now to start a new clinical trial and give children like Mila a second chance at life.
Mila's Miracle Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with pending status. We are currently fundraising through our fiscal sponsor, Creative Visions Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.