Getting to a Cure

We are working with some of the best minds in the clinical field to lead research teams and evaluate the effectiveness of gene therapy at preventing, curing, slowing and reducing symptoms of CLN1.

In the next 10 years, we will extend our efforts to research and evaluate regenerative therapy for improvement of symptoms for those affected by all variants of Batten Disease. And in the next 15 years, we will research and evaluate the effectiveness of any and all potential treatments, therapies and cures for all variants of Batten Disease.

Ultimately, all victims of Batten Disease will receive or benefit from foundation influenced care and developments to have symptom slowing, symptom termination, symptom reversal, cure and/or prevention. We will see 1. FDA approval for Batten Disease therapy clinical trials, 2. Clinical success for Haley and other children, 3. Scientific advances beyond Batten Disease.

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Our Advisors

Our scientific advisory board is a volunteer group selected for their expertise in the research and study of genetic disorders, specifically Batten Disease.

The board is formed to give advice and support to the Haley’s Heroes Foundation and the effort to find a cure for Batten Disease, specifically CLN1.

Sandra Hoffman scientific advisory board for Haley's Heroes

Sandra Hofmann


Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern Medical Center

David Pearce Scientific Advisory Board for Haley's Heroes

David Pearce


President of Sanford Research, Sanford Health Director at Sanford Children's Health Research Center, Sanford Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota

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Denia Ramirez-Montealegre


Division of Pediatric Neurology, UVA Medical Center

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Mark Sands


Professor of Internal Medicine, Oncology and Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Neurosciences and Molecular Cell Biology Programs

Batten F.A.Q.

What is Batten Disease?

Batten disease is the common name for neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs), a class of rare, fatal disorders of the nervous system. Typically beginning in childhood, Batten disease systems include loss of vision and language, seizures, changes in personality and behavior, dementia, and a shortened life expectancy.

What Is the Cause of Batten Disease?

Batten disease is an inherited genetic disease that affects the patient’s cells ability to break down and recycle waste, leading to an abnormal accumulation of proteins and lipids in brain cells and tissue in the body. The disorder is recessively inherited, meaning both parents must be carriers of the defective gene.

Where Can I Learn More?

Faces of Batten Disease CLN1