Mark & Sharon Robb Research Fund – Jennifer DiVittorio

CategoriesCharlotte, Non-Profit

At the exact time that Jenn DiVittorio’s Rodan & Field business was beginning to really explode, both of her parents were simultaneously diagnosed with terminal, neurodegenerative diseases. Her Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 68, while her Dad was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of Parkinsons, Multiple System Atrophy, at 70. In an effort to honor her parents, she reached out to her alma mater, Penn State, to create an endowment. She partnered with Dr. Gong Chen, The Professor & Chair In Life Sciences, to create & fully fund the Mark & Sharon Robb Research Fund in 2016. Dr. Chen’s research focuses exclusively in Brain Repair, in
Neurodegenerative Diseases. One year later, she partnered with Penn State again to create The Robb Family Fellowship to help the Graduate School continue to recruit top talent in this area of research. Jenn reached the coveted “Legacy” title within Rodan & Fields, and now uses her business as a platform to both fund research and raise awareness to her honor her parent’s true legacy.

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