I'm helping to cure Cancer, Parkinsons and Alzheimer's and you can, too!
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping Team number: 67265
(fill this number in as your Team Number so we can track how much data our team has crunched!)
My name is Frank Rogala. My parents, Richard and Rose Rogala, founded Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping. Our family built the campground into an award winning resort that has become one of the largest and most popular family operated campgrounds in the USA.
On March 23, 2006, Rose Rogala passed away due to complications from inflammatory breast cancer.
Richard Rogala was diagnosed with Alzheimer's shortly before Mom was diagnosed with Cancer. Richard passed away due to complications of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in July of 2009.
In honor of my parents I have started the Folding@Home Team: Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping.
You Can Help, Too!
You can help too by simply running an easy to install and safe/secure piece of software.
This software will not affect your computers performance and only runs when you are not using it. There is no cost, and the research your computer provides is done for a public university that shares the knowledge it acquires openly and globally.
Folding at Home is a distributed computing project -- people from through out the world download the Folding at Home software and band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer that is added makes the project closer to our goals.
Joining the team means you are using your idle computer time to help process data for Stanford Universities project to understand how proteins fold and how they relate to diseases like Alzheimer's and Cancer.
How to Join Our Folding at Home Team
To join the Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping Team just put the number 67265 in the team field after your software is installed. Works on nearly all computers and operating systems. Old computers do their part (maybe a bit slower, but they do help!) as do new ones.
What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease?Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases related to protein folding, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.