Family Fundraisers

Family members often ask, "How can I help raise funds to support the mission and programs of the CJD Foundation?" In addition to the foundation's Strides For CJD event, here are some popular fundraisers that were organized by relatives and friends of CJD patients ...

Other successful fundraising events have included golf outings, miniature golf tournaments, "dive-in" movies, bingo parties, Cookies & Cocoa for a Cure, and auctions.

If you'd like us to promote your upcoming fundraiser on this website, contact Abby at 800-659-1991 or Be sure to send us your event pics so we can share them online and via social media!

Since 2013, the Piriz family has raised more than $40,000 via the CJD Foundation’s Friendraising page, a large bake sale, a T-shirt sale, and their first Annual Family Fundraiser in August 2015. The familial prion disease, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker disease (GSS), has taken the lives of two family members: Sonia, at the age of 61, and José, at the age of 36.

For several years, Ed Snively and his daughter, Nikki Bland, have hosted a Golf Outing in memory of their wife and mother, Marsha. What started as a small fundraiser in 2012 has grown to a multi-state event, with the launch of the inaugural West Virginia Memorial Golf Outing in 2016. To read Ed's story, click here.

McGill Comedy night fundraiser

Megan McGill held a comedy night fundraiser in honor of her father, Raymond McGill, who passed away from CJD, and her brother, Timothy McGill, a Staff Sergeant in the Special Forces, who was killed in Afghanistan. The proceeds from this fundraiser were split between the CJD Foundation and the Green Beret Foundation.

Every summer, the Vitanza family host the annual Rock4RV CJD Benefit Concert, which features local bands. The 2016 event marked eight successful years for this fundraiser, which honors the memory of Robert Vitanza, who passed away from CJD in 2008. All proceeds benefit the CJD Foundation. To learn more about this event, follow this link.