Multiple Sclerosis Research Challenge!

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Multiple Sclerosis Research Challenge!

If you know someone who has multiple sclerosis, you want to know why MS sometimes progresses quickly and severely to a stage requiring 24-hour care.

Researchers at UB’s Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) have created the CASA-MS study to find answers.

While there have been many advances in the past few years in understanding the early stages of MS, the fact remains that approximately 5-10 percent of the 2.8 million people with MS experience symptoms that progress in severity very significantly, unpredictably, and seemingly at random.

Advanced MS causes a wide range of functional and cognitive disabilities, As a result, most people with advanced MS require 24-hour care, either in nursing homes where they receive skilled care, or in their own homes where they are cared for by a patchwork of family, friends, and paid caregivers. Besides being costly, severe MS puts great strains on the individual and the entire family.

Why this study is needed. For the person with MS and their family, along with the diagnosis comes concerns about the possibility of disease progression and questions about how to plan for the future. Their doctors need targeted, evidence-based research they can use to guide their patients. Unfortunately, today there is essentially no research about people with MS (pwMS) who are in advanced stages of the disease. There are no therapies. There are no best practices.

Your gift will help fund a groundbreaking, UB investigator-initiated study offering hope for all people with MS. 

Meet BNAC researchers and Advisory Council members: watch CASA-MS video 

We are pleased to have a very generous $100,000 challenge grant from  the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases. 

Annette's Fund will match dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 donations received by 12/31/22.

As of 5/16/2022 $30,075 (30.1%) has been received towards the goal.     

Meet Annette’s 100

'Why me?' But I believe everything happens for a reason, and I know now that my mission is to help others raise funds for MS."                                  
Annette Funicello

Annette's 100 are leading the effort to raise $100,000 for CASA-MS and meet the Challenge by her Foundation. Below are the first ten. We invite you to read how MS has touched their lives or the life of someone close to them and why each is supporting this research. 

          Some have or will donate $1,000 or more 

          Some will "give some and get some" to reach $1,000 or more. 

Thank you, Annette's 100!                                                                       

Carol Schumacher 

Anonymous #1

Tracie Jacquemin

Remembering Mary Jo

Patty & John Picco

Comfort Pets for MS Research

Mitch Sturgeon

Tina Pavlovec

Utica, NY Remembers Annette

Linda Safran

To help any of the Annette’s 100 reach their fundraising goal, click the names above and donate from their page.


Click or the orange Give Now button above 

Either route:

You'll land at the University's secure website where you can give electronically and find information about how to give by check.

Your gift will generate a DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR MATCH by the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.

Thank you for considering a gift to support 


progressive MS research



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