Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Spurring conversations on World Sanfilippo Awareness Day

A primary goal of this year’s World Sanfilippo Awareness Day, observed annually on Nov. 16, is to get people talking about Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare disorder thought to affect 1 in 70,000 people. “World Sanfilippo Awareness Day is about spreading awareness and sparking conversations globally about Sanfilippo syndrome,…

National MPS Society’s Maritime Gala on tap for May 13

The National MPS Society will host its Maritime Gala May 13 on the San Francisco Bay in Tiburon, California, at the historic Corinthian Yacht Club to raise funds for its family support and research programs. The event also observes International MPS Awareness Day, observed annually on May…

Add Your ‘Hands of Hope’ on World Sanfilippo Awareness Day

From joining the “Hands of Hope” challenge to adding a Facebook profile frame, supporters globally are poised to mark World Sanfilippo Awareness Day, observed each Nov. 16 to bring attention to the genetic disorder thought to affect one in 70,000 individuals. The awareness campaign targets the general public…

A New Video Adds to the ‘Help Simon’ Fundraising Story

In March, after Alina and Jeremy Croke shared a TikTok video that communicated their $1 million goal to help find a treatment for their young son, Simon, and others who have Sanfilippo syndrome, they were taken aback by the support. The video went viral. What truly surprised the…

Boy Raises $3K for Gene Therapy Trial in Honor of Young Patient

When 11-year-old Connor Ridley heard about another boy named Connor who wants to get into a potentially life-changing clinical trial, he decided to help. The other boy, Connor Dobbyn, is 13 and was diagnosed in 2019 with Sanfilippo syndrome, a neurodegenerative disease that renders the body unable to break…

Are You Ready for World Sanfilippo Awareness Day?

From posting a photo of their child’s hand in theirs, to switching out their Facebook frame, supporters are poised to mark World Sanfilippo Awareness Day, observed each Nov. 16. The aim is to heighten awareness of Sanfilippo syndrome, a genetic disorder that leads to a form of childhood dementia,…

National MPS Society Awards $350K to Five Research Projects

As part of its Innovative Research Grants Initiative, the National MPS Society has awarded $350,000 to support five projects into potential ways of better treating mucolipidoses (ML) or mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) diseases, such as Sanfilippo syndrome (MPS III). These awards are were given as “cycle 1” of the grant initiative, according…