About the Foundation

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for early-onset Bipolar Disorder. The Foundation is on a QUEST FOR THE TEST™ to find an empirical, biomarker test for Bipolar Disorder so that early detection and early intervention become a reality. Read More...

Ryan's Story

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation was founded in memory of Ryan Licht Sang who passed away at the age of 24. Ryan had early-onset Bipolar Disorder - a serious medical illness of the brain that manifests itself with recurring episodes of mania and depression. At the time of his death, he was in the most productive and promising phase of his life.  Read More...

Bipolar Awareness

Read about the history and meaning of the Bipolar Awareness Ribbon...

Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway talks about The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation and Ryan in People. Click here to read the article.

Alexis Kauchick - A Shining Star 

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation salutes Alexis Kauchick for her exceptional commitment and leadership in support of the Foundation’s mission and goals. Although just a high school senior in South Florida, Alexis founded the Eternal Essence Candle Company that manufactures and sells soy-based candles and donates the profits to worthy causes. Since 2014, she has supported the Foundation’s events in Palm Beach and Chicago by donating not only candles to the attendees, but also by donating significant funds from the sales of her candles to further the Foundation’s work. For her outstanding activities, Alexis was presented with the inaugural Junior Shining Star Award by the Foundation in 2016 and her extraordinary commitment to the Foundation was profiled in Stay Thirsty Magazine and in People in 2015. For more information about Alexis and to support the Foundation by purchasing a Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation candle, click here.


Slides: 1) Images of the Human Connectome courtesy of Dr. Randy Buckner (Harvard); 2) Biomarker slide courtesy of Dr. Tom Insel from his Keynote Speech, May 6, 2009, 3rd Annual Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation Chicago Medical Briefing Luncheon and other images courtesy of the National Institute of Mental Health; 3) Human neurons generated by reprogramming human skin cells courtesy of Dr. Rakesh Karmacharya (Harvard); 4) Mariel Hemingway speaking at 10th Anniversary Chicago Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder Medical Briefing Luncheon, May 2016; and, 5) Representing some Grants and Awards made by the Foundation (for a more comprehensive list see the Foundation Grants and Awards link below).

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