HARRISON, NY (WCBS 880) – When Jordana Holovach’s son Jacob was six-months-old, doctors diagnosed him with Canavan Disease.
WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reportsREAD MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 12/9 Thursday Morning Forecast
“I was basically told to go home and watch him die, that there was really nothing that we could do. It was a rare disease. It’s a brain disease that affects the white matter of the brain,” Jordana Holovach told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.
She found a research team.
“When I called them, they were shutting their lab doors down. They just did not any further funding and I said, ‘Stop. No. I’m gonna provide the funding for you.’,” said Holovach.
Gene therapy stopped the progression of the disease. Jacob is now 15.
“He is a very dependent. He’s in a wheelchair. I’m proud to say that he attends our local middle school. We went from ‘Go home. Watch these children die’ to ‘They’re something. We’re working on something. There is hope.’,” says Holovach.READ MORE: David Banks To Be Named New York City Schools Chancellor
Holovach founded Jacob’s Cure and has raised $10 million so far.
LINK: Jacob’s Cure
There’s a chance to raise $250,000 more through the Pepsi Refresh Grant, which she says “is just an unbelievable opportunity for a lot of different causes out there.”
She’s asking everyone she knows to go vote online.
She says, “You can vote three ways once a day until January 31st.”
Adams asked, “What would $250,000 mean to your cause?”MORE NEWS: 'Why Should We Live Like This?': NYCHA Residents On Staten Island Say Gas Service Has Been Out For Nearly A Year
She answered, “It would mean life-saving stem cell surgeries for about 25 children. Please, please, please vote for Jacob’s Cure.”