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John Vittrup Callahan would be turning 30 this November and we are remembering his 30th by creating a team in his memory! John was diagnosed with ALD in the fall of 1997. Within 60 days of diagnosis, John received his bone marrow from a non-relative donor outside of the United States. In the 22 years since John's passing Franci, Christy and I are very happy to see that many states are now testing newborns for the possible existence of this genetic disease. We also see advantages to new, innovative ALD treatments. First, the patient's own cells are employed. Thus, there is no need to find a matching bone marrow donor. Second is the safety factor (no introduction of a stranger's bone marrow into a child). Third, gene therapy is potentially a permanent lifetime cure because a boy's broken gene is replaced with a perfect replacement gene. We believe that raising funds for continued ALD research is a very worthy cause.

Help us raise money for participating in Run for ALD, Cure the Boys

Team members

Click on one of our team members below to make a donation.

e.g., John, Smith, or

Franci Vittrup Callahan

Raised: $1,498.92

Christy Callahan Blum

Raised: $226.84

Amy Hummel

Raised: $107.35

Team captain

Kathy OKeefe

Raised: $107.35

Curt Hummel

Raised: $98.57

Ken Blum

Raised: $54.10

Dan Callahan

Raised: $33.12

Callie Hummel

Raised: $30.30

Charlie Hummel

Raised: $30.30

Bridget Callahan

Raised: $0.00

Kenneth Scheer

Raised: $0.00

Laura Scheer

Raised: $0.00

Mary Ossie

Raised: $0.00

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Nov 11 O.C. Gulf Properties $107.35
Nov 01 Ed and Phyllis Ossie Charitable Foundation In celebration of John’s 30th birthday today. $98.57
Oct 27 Tom and Deb Corto $54.10
Oct 16 Colin Smith All to help this worthy cause. John's memory will help others. $54.10
Oct 15 Anonymous Undisclosed amount
Oct 08 The Anker Family $33.12
Oct 08 The Anker Family Go Team John Callahan! $33.12
Oct 08 The Anker Family $33.12
Oct 06 Ed & Gail Ossie $107.35
Sep 28 Melissa Simmons $107.35