The Second Annual

Countdown to a Cure Boston


Tickets and Sponsorship

Saturday, September 18th, 2021

Boston Marriott Quincy

6-7 PM: Cocktail Reception

7 PM: Dinner & Program (followed by entertainment and dancing)

Countdown is coming back to Boston!

Please join us for a fantastic night of dinner, dancing, networking, connecting with patients and other community members, and silent and live auctions, all while supporting our mission of finding treatments and a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and other rare protein-spilling kidney diseases.

Tickets and Sponsorship
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2021 Sponsors

Your safety is our top priority. We're working with the Boston Marriott Quincy to hold a safe, socially distanced event that adheres to all local and state guidelines. With careful consideration, the following measures have been implemented to promote the health and wellbeing of attendees and staff:

  • NephCure face masks will be provided, encouraged, and worn by NephCure staff
  • Limited event capacity through socially distanced seating and an outdoor cocktail hour
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Contactless registration and auction bidding
  • Offer to provide 2 tables to each sponsor table to socially distance attendees (please email request to

We also ask individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, believe they may have been exposed, or have traveled outside of the United States within the last 14 days to please refrain from attending the event. Please contact with any questions.

Need a place to stay?

The Boston Marriott Quincy is offering a special $189/night group rate for Countdown to a Cure Boston. The last day to book at this rate is Saturday, August 28th.

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2021 Medical Honoree

Matthew Sampson, MD, MS

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Dr. Matt Sampson is a Pediatric Nephrologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and holds the Warren E. Grupe Endowed Chair in Nephrology. He is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute, where he’s involved in the Kidney Disease Initiative. He co-chairs the Genetics and Genomics Working Group of the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) and is a co-chair of the Kidney Disease Working Group of ClinGen. He received a master’s in Clinical Epidemiology with a focus on Human Genetics at UPENN and completed his residency and fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Learn more about Dr. Sampson’s research on the Sampson Lab website.


2021 Corporate Honoree

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. Vertex focuses on researching treatments that can have a transformative impact for patients, not just an incremental benefit, and works only on projects where its scientists have a deep understanding of the underlying cause of the disease in humans. Vertex works with leading researchers, doctors, public health experts and other collaborators who share the vision for transforming the lives of patients, their families and society. In addition to creating and developing multiple approved medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), Vertex has a robust pipeline of investigational small molecule medicines in other serious diseases where the team has deep insight into causal human biology, including APOL1-mediated kidney diseases.

For more than 30 years, Vertex has been tackling tough problems so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex scientists don’t see the impossible as an obstacle, they see it as a good place to start.

The health and safety of our patients, donors, and supporters are at the forefront of all of our decisions. Because we care about your safety and wellbeing, the format of this year’s Boston Countdown to a Cure event will be altered to comply with the guidelines and procedures provided from the CDC, Boston Marriott Quincy, and Massachusetts state and local health officials.

Please email with any questions.

Saving Kidneys, Saving Lives.