WARREN, NJ - Michael Clapcich is a Watchung Hills graduate and the Michael Clapcich Fund for CblC Research is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization created by Dr. Bob and Josephine Clapcich for their son who was diagnosed at birth with Cobalamin Cellular Metabolism Defect Type-C (CblC Deficiency).  Patients with this rare disease are incapable of processing Vitamin B12 in the normal fashion.   As a result, untreated children with this defect have either died in infancy or early childhood.  With immediate initiation of lifelong therapy, these children have variable lifespans with developmental delay, seizure disorders, failure to thrive, cardiovascular disease and blindness from “salt and pepper” degeneration of their retinas. Groundbreaking advances are on the horizon, BUT THE CLAPCICHS NEED YOUR HELP. The  goal is to raise $100,000 by April 1 to fund the salary of a research fellow for two years of dedicated CblC exploration.
 
CblC Deficiency is a very rare disease - less than 100 individuals in the US- and as such, it is considered an “Orphan Disease”— a disorder that afflicts fewer than 200,000 individuals.  Despite more than 7000 distinct rare or “orphan” diseases, which may in aggregate affect over 25 million people in the US, research in most disease types has lagged far behind other major areas due to a combination of technological and funding limitations.  That is why Michael’s Fund is committed to promoting research, developing treatments, and providing support for patients diagnosed with rare inherited disorders of cobalamin (vitamin B12) metabolism.  All donations are used to support highly trained personnel for CblC-specific research in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Venditti, Head of Organic Acid Research at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH, and one of the world’s premier authorities in CblC Deficiency. For more information, visit http://www.michaelsfund.org
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In addition to any tax-deductible contributions you are considering, all are invited to the world famous B.B. King’s Blues Club in NYC on March 28 for the biggest fundraising event yet-- Lisa Loeb & The Prescriptions Benefit Concert for Michael’s Fund. Visit http://Www.bbkingblues.com or Tickets are tax deductible when purchased through http://Michaelsfund.organd 100% of profits go toward medical research.
 
Founded by guitarist Dr. Bob Clapcich (Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry), brother and drummer Dr. Anthony Clapcich (Director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesia at Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University), and bassist Dr. Mike Marvin (Chief of Transplant Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine), the Prescriptions have raised over $75,000 via benefit concerts for The Michael Clapcich Fund for CblC Research. 

 
The band has since enjoyed the addition of keyboardist and distinguished member of technical staff at OFS Dr. Jeff Nicholson, and NYC bassist extraordinaire, Andrew Harkin.
 
Harkin, an internationally recognized multi-instrumentalist and composer, has worked in a plethora of styles with some of the most respected names in music. His Bass and Irish Bouzouki virtuosity has been shared with International Music composers L. Shankar, Dmitry Revyakin, Steve Gorn, Glenn Velez, and Badal Roy; Jazz greats Dave Liebman, Kenwood Dennard, Mino Cinelu, Scott Healy and Glenn Alexander; Instrumentalists Amit Chatterjee, Pete Huttlinger, and Tony Verderosa; Irish Traditional musicians Johnny Cunningham, Dezi Donnelly, and Ivan Goff; Film scoring composers Carter Burwell, Douglas Cuomo, Larry Fessenden. As a founding member of the Irish rock band “The Prodigals,” Harkin recorded five albums, which Bass Player magazine described as “the source of some of most original, inventive bass playing in rock." 
 
In addition to developing a loyal fan base in the clubs of Bleecker Street, The Prescriptions have also brought their own brand of “Musical Medicine” to the patients, families and staff at The Children’s Hospital of New York.  Lisa Loeb, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), and Jonatha Brooke have all joined forces with the band to lift the spirits of New York’s smallest and most courageous patients in the hospital’s Winter Garden Atrium.
 
As Dr. Anthony Clapcich remarks,“Don’t let our day jobs (except for Andy!) fool you— we are serious musicians that study every molecule of our songs and aim to deliver them with surgical precision!  We have tremendous respect and admiration for those who have dedicated their lives to music, and when given the opportunity to play with artists like Lisa, Glen, and Jonatha, we do everything we can to deliver a performance worthy of their usual band mates.  It is an honor and privilege to play with artists of such caliber, and our passion and joy always come through.”
 
Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract.