2023 CAN Rules

2023 Cure Angelman Now Contest and Sweepstakes Official Rules


These are the official rules of the contest and sweepstakes (“Rules”). Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, adjustments may need to be made closer to the event date.

The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (“FAST”) has established a promotion to bolster interest and creativity in the area of fundraising which includes a contest (the “Fundraising Contest”) and sweepstakes. The Fundraising Contest is an international fundraising campaign to show support for Angelman syndrome research and to raise money for FAST USA, a nonprofit organization that provides funding for Angelman syndrome research. The Fundraising Contest is a challenge in which the top eight (8) entrants that raise the most money for FAST will receive a prize as described below. In addition, two (2) entrants will be randomly selected to receive a prize as described below (“Sweepstakes”). The Fundraising Contest period will run from 01/01/2023 to 10/31/2023 at 11:59PM EST (“Contest Period”).

Other international FAST entities are also participating in the Cure Angelman Now (CAN) campaign in their respective countries and with their own fundraising platforms. They are not participating in this Fundraising Contest nor are funds raised on the international FAST fundraising platforms eligible for this contest or the prize eligibility herein.



To enter the Fundraising Contest, a fundraising page must be established by an individual (“Entrant”) on the FAST website located at www.cureangelmannow.org (“Website”) to raise donations for FAST. Donations will be made directly to FAST through the Entrant’s fundraising page on the Website or via offline donation designated to benefit the Entrant’s fundraiser. Teams or groups must identify one Entrant within the team or group . By establishing a fundraising page, the Entrant accepts these FAST Fundraising Official Rules. 


Legal residents of the fifty (50) states of the United States of America and the District of Columbia and most countries around the world who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of entry are eligible to enter the contest and sweepstakes. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Residents of countries on the United States list of embargoed countries and countries where local laws prohibit entry into sweepstakes or contests or limit the prize value that a resident may accept are not eligible to enter. Employees and board members of FAST, all affiliates of FAST (including international FAST affiliate organizations), the prize providers, and members of their immediate families may create campaign pages but are not eligible to win any prizes; they will however be recognized for their hard work and contributions. FAST, in its sole and absolute discretion, shall make all determinations with respect to the eligibility of all Entrants.

The Fundraising Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.


To enter the Fundraising Contest, Entrant must establish a web page by following the instructions on the Website for the purpose of raising donations to FAST or submit an entry card as described below. To be an Entrant in the Fundraising Contest, the fundraising page must be created during the Contest Period. By creating a page, Entrant agrees to these Official Rules and warrants eligibility to enter the Fundraising Contest.

Alternate Method of Entry for Fundraising Sweepstakes: Mail a postcard or 3” x 5” index card with name, mailing address, and daytime telephone number, postmarked by October 15, 2023, to: FAST Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 40307, Austin, TX 78704. Each person may submit one (1) entry. FAST assumes no responsibility for lost, late, or incomplete entries.

Entries may be disqualified at any time for non-compliance with these Official Rules. FAST, in its sole and absolute discretion, makes the final determination as to eligibility.

PRIZES and Approximate Prize Value:

Each grand prize winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to a location within the United States to meet with a top FAST-funded researcher and be a guest of honor at a dinner with FAST board members and other families! The approximate prize value of each grand prize is $2,500.


The Prize winners will be identified as follows:

Contest: Eight (8) Entrants who raise the most money (in compliance with these Rules) as verified by the total shown on the Entrant’s fundraising page by October 31, 2023 at 11:59PM EST will be winners. CAN pages will remain open until December 31, 2023 but only those totals as of October 31, 2023 will qualify for the Fundraising Contest.

Sweepstakes: Two (2) Entrants will be randomly selected by drawing from all eligible entries. The drawing will be held on November 1, 2023, at 12:00 PM EST.

Collectively, all ten (10) winners shall be referred to as Prizewinners.

All Prizewinners will be notified by phone call or email by no later than November 15, 2023 and must respond via email within seven (7) days from notification or FAST reserves the right to choose an alternate Prizewinner. The Prizewinners will be announced no later than December 1, 2023, on the FAST website.

For names of the Prizewinners, please email info@cureangelman.org with a subject line “Fundraising Contest Winners” or send a request by mail to: P.O. Box 40307, Austin, TX 78704.  For a copy of the Official Rules, please email info@cureangelman.org with a subject line “Fundraising Contest Rules” or send a request by mail to: P.O. Box 40307, Austin, TX 78704.

Fundraising Gifts

The following gifts will be awarded for the indicated amounts raised by each Entrant. For clarity, Entrants shall be entitled to one gift only (for example, an Entrant raising $20,000 would be entitled to the iPad, or could opt for a gift card, but would not receive both):

$1,000 – $20 Starbucks or Amazon gift card and FAST-branded gifts (APV $30)

$5,000 – $100 Starbucks or Amazon gift card and FAST-branded gifts (APV $110).

$10,000 – $200 Amazon or Uber Eats gift card and FAST-branded gifts (APV $210).

$20,000 – iPad or one hour, personal meeting with an Angelman expert and FAST-branded gifts (APV $500).

An Entrant who is eligible for a Gift must sign a release as described herein.

Selection of Gifts and Prizes:

Except as set forth herein, all such selections shall be final and binding on the Entrant. If an Entrant fails to make such selection with such timeframe, FAST may choose which prize or Gift to grant to such Entrant or may receive no prize at all in its sole discretion. An Entrant may waive his/her right to receive a prize or Gift. Any Entrant who accepts a prize or Gift will be issued an IRS Form 1099, if applicable. Under no circumstances will FAST be required to pay the APV for any prize or Gift to any Entrant.

Prizes and Gifts are non-transferrable, non-exchangeable, and non-refundable, and must be accepted by the Entrant as awarded. FAST reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize or Gift for one of equal or greater value if any designated prize or Gift should become unavailable for any reason, including specifically unavailability due to any public health regulations or restrictions.


The odds of winning a Prize in the Fundraising Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible Entrants received during the Contest Period. Raising money for CAN will not increase your chances of winning the Sweepstakes.


Each Entrant who accepts any prize or Gift will sign a release which (1) grants FAST permission to use his/her name, voice and likeness on all FAST advertising and promotional materials and for publicity purposes, in any form of media, including but not limited to the Website, Facebook, and Twitter and (2) releases, indemnifies, defends, and holds harmless FAST and its affiliates, including promotional sponsors, from any action, liability, claims, costs, injuries, losses, damages of any kind or proceedings arising out of or in conjunction with your participation in the Fundraising Contest, the use of the Internet or FAST’s website, the acceptance, or possession or use of the Prize awarded or any part thereof, as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. All federal, state, and local taxes and all other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize or Gift are the Entrant’s sole responsibility. Entrant shall also indemnify, defend, and hold FAST and its promotion sponsors harmless from any losses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from any third-party action asserting a breach by you of any representation, warranty, or obligation in these Official Rules.

Entrant represents and warrants that: (a) he/she is eligible to enter the Fundraising Contest; (b) he/she has complied and will comply with these Official Rules in connection with participation in the Fundraising Contest and the Entry complies with all of the requirements of all sections.

By participating in this Fundraising Contest, Entrant agrees to be bound by these Rules.

FAST reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process and/or the legitimate operation of the Fundraising Contest, or to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person or acts in such a manner that is detrimental to FAST.

The Fundraising Contest is governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, and Entrant consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state, and local courts located in Cook County, Illinois in connection with any claim, dispute, action, or proceeding arising from or related to the Fundraising Contest.

Entrant hereby waives any rights to a trial by jury in any matter arising from or pertaining to participation in the Fundraising Contest.

Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will Entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and each participant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including attorneys’ fees, and participants further waive all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Entrant agrees to release all rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against the FAST, further covenants not to sue FAST, and hereby acknowledges that FAST has not made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee – express or implied, in fact or in law – relative to the Fundraising Contest or the Prize.

IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.” You expressly waive and release any right or benefit which you have or may have under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of the State of California, to the full extent that you may waive all such rights and benefits pertaining to the matters released here. In connection with such waiver and relinquishment, you acknowledge that you are aware that you may hereafter discover claims presently unknown or unsuspected, or facts in addition to or different from those which you now know or believe to be true, with respect to the matters released herein; nevertheless, it is your intention through this release to fully and finally and forever settle and release all such matters and claims relative thereto, which do not exist, may exist, or heretofore have existed between yourself and FAST or FAST’s promotion sponsors. The release herein given shall be and remain in effect as a full and complete release of such claims and matters notwithstanding the discovery or existence of any such additional or different claims or facts relative thereto.


FAST reserves the right to change the grand prize if FAST is unable to host or attend, respectively, the grand prize. FAST shall notify the applicable winners as soon as possible and allow such winners to select alternate prizes, subject to availability.


If for any reason the Fundraising Contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of FAST that corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Fundraising Contest, FAST reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Fundraising Contest. FAST assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. FAST is not responsible for electronic transmissions or entries that are lost, late, stolen, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, destroyed or misdirected, or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines; computer online systems, servers, or providers; computer equipment or software; failure of any entry to be received by FAST on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof; or for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from Entrant’s participation in or the downloading, accessing, or processing of any materials or information in the Fundraising Contest. Information provided by Entrants to FAST is subject to FAST’s privacy policy.\