Elizabeth Nash Foundation hosts 2010 benefit dinner for cystic fibrosis

NORTH CREEK - This year's fifth annual Elizabeth Nash Foundation (ENF) benefit dinner, with a French theme, will be held on April 25 in the Great Room at the Copperfield Inn.

The ENF was established in 2004 by Elizabeth's family to honor and perpetuate her lifelong example of giving and to continue her fight against cystic fibrosis. The foundation is focused on cystic fibrosis research, education and support.

Music will be featured during the social hour from 3 - 4 p.m. and Tim Wechgelaer will play during dinner. Dinner will be served at 4 p.m. followed by a fund raising auction. There is a $30 suggested donation and all proceeds from donations and the auction will go directly to ENF.

The benefit dinner is coordinated by Nancy and Joel Beaudin.

"This is a very 'close-to-home thing," said event promoter Lloyd Burch. "The Nash family is important to the North Creek community."

Ann and Jim Nash lived in the area with their children, Elizabeth, Patrick and Christine. Jim was President and CEO of Barton Mines and Ann was a math professor at Adirondack Community College. Liz, as she was most commonly known, was born on March 30, 1970. At the age of three, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

"Liz did not let cystic fibrosis define her life, but rather she defined the way to live with disability," said Birch.

She attended Johnsburg Central School through 1984 and graduated from Queensbury Central School in 1988. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1992 with a B.S. in Molecular Genetics, cum laude. Liz earned a Ph.D in Human Genetics from the University of Utah in 1998 and worked as a cystic fibrosis researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of California in San Francisco.

Liz was chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Institute of Mountain View, California and served as a mentor for teens with cystic fibrosis. Liz authored and co-authored many scientific studies for publication in medical journals and presented at scientific meetings. She held three patents in the use of robotics in genetic research along with participating in research for the Human Genome Project. As Liz's last act of research, on behalf of cystic fibrosis, she donated her lungs to the Research Center at Stanford University Hospital. She died on Feb. 22, 2003.

For more information on the foundation visit their website at www.elizabethnashfoundation.org.

Reservations for the event are encouraged. Please call Nancy Beaudin at 251-2240 by April 20.

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