March 13, 2013
Anna’s Angels Foundation is pleased to announce that Duke University Medical Center has named a conference room after Anna’s Angels, a Cary-based, non-profit that raises funds for Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital. Anna’s Angels, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is named for Anna Merrills, the 11 year old daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and her husband, Andrew Merrills, who has Down syndrome. Pfeiffer and Merrills started the foundation shortly after the birth of their daughter to help raise funds in support of research to enhance the cognitive and communicative abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize Anna’s Angels and the Merrills family for their dedication to helping fund our research efforts to enhance the lives of individuals with Down syndrome,” said Priya Kishnani, MD, Division Chief of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke. “The commitment of this family, the organizations’ Board members and everyone who supports Anna’s Angels is tremendous, and is truly an inspiration. We are pleased to name the conference room in recognition of their efforts.”