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Nancy Mann Jackson | Dec. 21, 2013 | DailyWorth.com

Greg Crawford - Road to Discovery with ParseghianDean Greg Crawford (second from right) with the Parseghian family. From left: Mike, son Ara, and Cindy Parseghian

When Greg Crawford was hired as dean of the College of Science at Notre Dame and met the Parseghian family, he was inspired by their courage and determination. Legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian had lost three young grandchildren to Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), a genetic, cholesterol storage disorder that is fatal and primarily strikes children before or during adolescence. Crawford was so moved that he decided to devote research to find a cure. β€œThe effort to cure this inherited, always fatal disease β€” with only a few hundred victims, not enough to attract the attention of big companies β€” aligns with [the Notre Dame] mission in so many ways, not to mention our historic connection with the Parseghian family.”

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