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UMass Medical School community mourns loss of Jake Kennedy

Statement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins on death of Jake Kennedy, 65, to ALS 

On behalf of the UMass Medical School community, we extend our sincere condolences to Jake Kennedy’s family and to all who knew and loved him. Jake Kennedy died Tuesday, Oct. 13, at age 65, in his Salem, N.H., home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Read the full story


In December 2019, Jake, his beloved wife Sparky, and their children launched the Jake Kennedy ALS Fund to support groundbreaking ALS research at UMMS led by Robert H. Brown Jr., MD, DPhil.

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Recent events

Annual Scholarship Celebration - Oct. 28, 2020

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In keeping with protocols to protect against COVID-19, this year's event celebrating donor support and student achievement was held virtually.

22nd annual UMass Cancer Walk and Run - Sept. 13, 2020

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Gratitude, solidarity and hope were the themes of the day at our first-ever virtual event, which featured personal stories, messages of thanks and some special guests!

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