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Posted by on Jun 30, 2010 in Foundation NewsLine |

NNPDF Announcement

A message from NNPDF Board Chair Karen Quandt:

Cate Walsh Vockley, the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation’s Coordinator of Education, Referral and Advocacy, has resigned her position with the NNPDF as of June 30, 2010. The NNPDF Board of Directors and the Central Office will be addressing all inquiries to assist our family membership and work to ensure that there is no interruption of family support, referrals and services. Please contact the Central Office at 1-877-287-3672 or email

Cate has been a passionate advocate at the NNPDF for the patients and families affected by all types of Niemann-Pick Disease for the past six years. She has been an integral part of our family support services and has helped many families navigate through the uncharted emotional and medical maze that goes along with a rare disease. We will miss her and we wish her well in all her future endeavors.

Thank you, Cate, for your dedicated service to help make the foundation a strong and reliable place for families to seek assistance and advice in our quest to care for our family members and to find a treatment or cure for Niemann-Pick Disease.

Karen Quandt

Cate’s message to the membership of the NNPDF:

Dear NNPDF Friends,

My contract with the Foundation will end as of June 30, 2010. I have enjoyed my work with the Foundation and especially with the many families with whom I have interacted over the years. Dealing as we have, with the many sensitive issues that affect families of those with chronic, debilitating conditions, has created connections that will stay with me forever.

I will continue to support the goals and mission of the Foundation, and pray that the effective treatment and cure you seek will come soon. I will be continuing my work in the field of rare disease recognition and therapeutics, but with a different focus for now. I do hope to see some of you in the future, at meetings or gatherings that support common goals.

I wish you all the best!

Kind regards,

Cate Walsh Vockley, MS, CGC
Senior Genetic Counselor
Division of Medical Genetics
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Tele: 412-692-7349
Fax: 412-692-7073

Any questions or inquiries may be directed to the NNPDF Central Office.

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