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Fragile X Foundations Sign Merger Agreement
Date:11/5/2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two nonprofit foundations devoted to the support, treatment and eventual cure of people affected by genetic conditions known collectively as "Fragile X" have agreed to a formal merger as of October 31, 2007. The California-based National Fragile X Foundation (NFXF) and Florida-based Conquer Fragile X Foundation (CFXF) will now join forces to bring vastly expanded services to the Fragile X community.

The agreement calls for the NFXF to add CFXF as an affiliate fundraising and research arm. Those activities have been a powerful focus for CFXF since its founding by Chairman Harris Hollin in 1999.

Working closely with Scripps Florida biomedical research institute, the CFXF sponsors an annual Fragile X Research Conference in Palm Beach, among many other activities. Those efforts are expected to continue and even gain momentum with the merger, given the NFXF's own research funding and its activities through nearly 50 state chapters. The biennial NFXF International Conference should also serve as a powerful complement to the CFXF Research Conference, increasing both fundraising resources and scientific collaboration in the effort to find better treatments and an eventual cure for Fragile X.

"There comes a point when you want to be more focused than ever on your primary goals, and then you look for some way to achieve that focus," said Hollin, who will now become a director emeritus of the NFXF.

"Raising funds to support scientific research has always been the bedrock of the Conquer Fragile X Foundation, and it has become obvious to me in recent years that we could be even more effective if we could reduce the administrative demands on our organization by affiliating with a larger partner. The NFXF has a solid infrastructure with a truly national scope. Their resources will allow CFXF not only to focus more on fundraising, but also to offer more support and education activities for the ma
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