Delaware Public Media

$1 million grant will fund cerebral palsy research at Nemours

Feb 13, 2017

A recent donation could help researchers in the First State design better treatments for cerebral palsy.


Michael and Ericka Hynansky donated $1 million to Nemours AI duPont Hospital for Children in early February to establish the Nicholas T. Bracaglia Cerebral Palsy Research Endowed Fund.


Bracaglia was Michael’s cousin, who died of cerebral palsy complications in 2006 at the age of 14.


“We was a very smiley, pleasant young man to interact with," said Roy Proujansky, who was Bracaglia’s pediatric gastroenterologist, and is Nemours’ Chief Executive of Delaware Operations.


Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder that affects children and limits their mobility.


The money will help the duPont Hospital for Children expand its research into understanding how to beat the illness.  


"It will help us identify medications and treatments that could lessen the manifestations of this disease,” he said. 


Proujanski said Bracaglia would be happy to know he’s helping other kids with cerebral palsy.