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JMCDF was founded in 2006 by the parents of Jack McGovern as a promise to their son that they would never rest until there was a cure for Coats disease. To this end, the foundation was started to raise funds in support of ongoing research designed not only to support ongoing research to restore Jack’s vision, but also to offer children and adults alike hope as they wage a lifelong battle against Coats disease and blindness.learn more
In 2006, we discovered that our child Jack had developed a rare retinal disease in his left eye called Coats Disease, a disease more commonly found in children and most often in boys. Jack’s disease was discovered fairly early and medical treatments and procedures for Coats have limited his vision loss with the hope that some, and possibly all, of his vision will return as he gets older or with treatments still undiscovered.
Today, Jack is a rising senior at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and majors in Political Science. He is a Division 1 lacrosse player, leading the defensive squad.
He takes pride in being able to reach out to young patients with Coats Disease to provide hope and a positive outlook.