Events

Egg Hunt Festival Saturday April 13, 2019

Join us at our 11th Easter Egg Hunt Festival- 10,000 plastic colored eggs filled with candy and prizes will be ready on the fields for the children to gather in a controlled environment. Each family will receive a ticket with a specific time to enter the egg gathering part of the event. This is for safety and also allows for families to take pictures and enjoy the egg gathering. There will be plenty of eggs for everyone! Live entertainment, a magic show, the Easter Bunny, princesses, Joey the Kangaroo from Launch trampoline Park, special mascots, bouncy houses, games, silent auction, bake sale, huge raffle for Easter Baskets and more!

100% of the proceeds will help support our mission to find a cure for Batten Disease. Named after Nicholas Dainiak of Bedford NH, OPTN has established in 2009 after Nicholas was diagnosed with this rare genetic brain disease. Batten affects an estimated two to four children out of 100,000 born in the United States. Batten Disease causes seizures, blindness, dementia, immobility and eventually children die between the ages of eight and eleven. Sadly, Nicholas lost his battle to Batten Disease on May 9, 2014, on his 11th birthday. In keeping our promise to Nicholas, we continue to work toward a cure for this childhood disease. With your support we can help enhance the quality of life for children fighting this disease and help us find a cure!

Where: NH Sportsplex Building #2, 68 Technology Drive, Bedford, NH
Time: 8:30AM- 12:00PM
Tickets: Purchase on-line from the link below:
$8.00 per person (1 person)
$28.00 per family (family package 4-7 people)
$56.00 per family (family package 8+)

* Adults and Children (that are able to walk) in a family/ or party will each need a ticket to enter the egg hunt event.

Please Note: Doors open at 8:30AM and ends at Noon. Parking is free but lot fills fast. There will also be additional free parking at 47 Technology Drive (Segway) with a shuttle school bus to the event.

IMPORTANT: ON-LINE TICKET PURCHASES – CLOSE FRIDAY APRIL 12 AT NOON- AFTER THIS TIME AND DATE – YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE DOOR OF THE EVENT!
* Adults and Children (that are able to walk) in a family/ or party will each need a ticket to enter the egg hunt event.

Questions/ Concerns: Contact heatherdainiak@hotmail.com

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS or SPONSORSHIP



2018 John Tanner Pumpkin Shuffle

SATURDAY, Oct. 13th,2018 11:30AM

397 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA
Race starts and finishes behind Russell’s Garden Center. Every participant receives a free mini pumpkin.

Dear Friends of Nicholas and John,

We are happy to announce the John Tanner Pumpkin Shuffle 5 K Run/Walk Saturday October 13. Formally called the John Tanner Memorial Race. This year the race will start and finish in the parking lot behind Russell’s Garden Center 397 Boston Post Road. Extra parking is reserved at the Wayland Town Hall at 41 Cochituate Road and take the short walk to Russell’s Garden Center (there will be signs to direct your way).

John was a friend and competitive runner who dedicated 5 years of his life running for Nicholas. He passed away in 2013 while running the NYC half marathon. Sadly, Nicholas also lost his battle to Batten on May 9, 2014, on his 11th birthday. In keeping our promise to Nicholas and John, we continue to work toward a cure for this childhood disease. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the 5th Annual John Tanner Pumpkin Shuffle 5 K. Your support will make a difference in the lives of children with Batten Disease, and help us keep our promise.

John Tanner Memorial 5K remembers an inspirational pair

To SPONSOR and SIGN UP for the JOHN TANNER PUMPKIN SHUFFLE 5K CLICK HERE
To REGISTER for the JOHN TANNER PUMPKIN SHUFFLE 5K CLICK HERE


Easter Egg Hunt Festival 2018

March 31, 2018
NH Sportsplex
68 Technology Drive
Bedford, NH

8:30AM- 12:00PM

For more information about this event. Return to the main menu. Scroll down the page on this web site to 10th Annual Egg Hunt Festival 2018.

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Questions: Please contact heatherdainiak@hotmail.com


BDSRA Family Support Conference

Batten Disease Support & Research Association (BDSRA)- Family support conference was July 6-9, 2017 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. OPTN sponsored 20 nurses to help medically care for 55 children with several types of Batten Disease. We kept everyone very busy with toys, arts & crafts, and handprint keep sakes for all the kids.

To the right is a photo of Dr. Susan Cotman and her crew collecting blood specimen from the children with Batten Disease. This collection is for the natural history and biorepository data base OPTN has sponsored for the past two years, which is critical to ongoing research efforts.

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Batten Disease Scientific Conference

November 29 and 30, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland

Batten Disease Scientific Conference for November 29 and 30th, 2017 Bethesda, Maryland. OPTN, along with the support of other family foundations, BDSRA, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation and a several pharmaceutical companies funded the 4th scientific workshop. 57 leaders, researchers, and scientist throughout the world came together to update their findings on current research. We came away with ideas for collaborations and renewed optimism about the horizon of meaningful therapy for Batten Disease. For the first time we talked about newborn screening for this disease to identify those children that can be treated before the disease can cause irreversible damage.

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2017 Nicholas Giving Tree for Children with Batten Disease.

December 11, 2017

 

We are hosting our 4th Nicholas Holiday Giving Tree. Fall is a time of giving! If you are interested in this kind of giving directly toward a Batten Family please click the sign up genius list below to see the items we need are seeking. We are sending small “shoe box size” care packages to the families December 11, 2017.  This is not a cure but it does give these families a small amount of joy during the holiday season. We hope this will bring a few families the feeling of love and kindness during a season which can be stressful as they care for their medically fragile children. Thank you for your support. You can contact me at Heather Dainiak

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4daeab2fa75-nicholas