Family Of MSD Victim Establishes ALS Research Fun In Daughter's Name

The family of a girl killed in the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February has set up a fund to support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also referred to as ALS).

The ALS Association announced The Carmen Schentrup ALS Research Fund on Wednesday. 

Carmen Schentrup

Schentrup was one of 17 people killed in the Parkland shooting.

Schentrup was a National Merit Finalist who was accepted into the University of Florida Honors Program and as a University of Washington Purple and Gold Scholar. She planned to begin college in the fall.

Schentrup's parents say she was determined to become a medical researcher, specifically so she could find a cure for ALS.

The family established the fund with $5,628.84, Schentrup's entire life savings. 

The fund has already raised more than $60,000.

"Carmen’s story has really made an impact on many within our community,” said Calaneet Balas, president and CEO of The ALS Association. “The support for her fund and her family has been incredible. We’ve seen many people match her original donation, which is amazing."

The ALS Association says its goal is to grow the fund to more than $112,500.

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