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Parseghian grandson dies of Niemann-Pick

Michael Parseghian, grandson of retired Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, died Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., of an inherited disease that inspired a nationwide research fund drive headed by his grandfather.

Michael Parseghian would have been 10 on Thursday.

Niemann-Pick Type C disease is a rare genetic disorder that leaves children without an enzyme needed to metabolize cholesterol. Over time, cholesterol builds up in the cells of the liver, spleen and brain.

Michael and Cindy Parseghian's oldest child, Ara, 12, does not have the disease, but his two sisters, Marcia, 8, and Christa, 5, are afflicted.

In 1994, the couple established the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation to raise money to search of a treatment or cure. With Ara Parseghian as national spokesman, the foundation has raised nearly $5-million in 2{ years.

The family asked that donations be sent to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, 1760 E River Road, Suite 115, Tucson, AZ 85718.

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_ Compiled from Times wires.

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