Did you know that medical funding is extremely competitive – for grant money and straight donation? That means that a scientist in Budapest might have a piece of the puzzle that would fit perfectly with a scientist’s piece of puzzle in Switzerland, but they’re guarding their pieces instead of sharing for fear of losing their funding. Put those pieces together – and we may have a cure. That’s what The Center Without Walls is doing. This is a consortium of doctors brought together by the Race to Erase MS folks. They provide support that has permitted the medical community to link together multidisciplinary scientific programs and expertise across the country to advance the understanding of the cause of MS and to develop new treatments. The Center is a break-through success because of the vision, insight and flexibility of these extraordinary doctors. LOVE IT!! The Center’s network of the top MS institutions that have established leading, innovative research programs currently include Cedars-Sinai, UC San Francisco, Harvard, Yale, USC, Johns Hopkins, and Oregon Health Sciences University. How’s that for impressive?? Smart, thinky doctors working on behalf of all of us. They don’t have to worry about the money – or being secretive or proprietary with their research: the foundation provides the researchers the money – freeing them up to just find the cure!! In addition to the regular use of high-technology communication tools, researchers of CWW are required to come together to share scientific accomplishments through monthly telephone conference calls, standard scientific advisory meetings and MS symposiums held four times a year. Such a smart way to provide a cooperative environment to push forward our quest for a cure.
The foundation provides the research money – but who supplies the foundation with the money? Anyone interested in finding a cure! I assume that includes each of us. My husband, the ladies golf association and myself have hosted a golf tournament the last 2 years and raised money that we’ve then donated to The Center Without Walls. I’ve also utilized their DIY program to simply email and ask friends and family to donate in my honor. They make it very easy – and worth your time: they have a wonderful program where you can win prizes based on various levels of fundraising. Please check it out at the Virtual Race to Erase MS. They have a HUGE, star-studded gala in Los Angeles each year and you could win tickets to that gala (tickets are $1000 per ticket)!! I went last year – and I’m going again this year. There’s an MS medical forum the next day with the doctors from the Center Without Walls to discuss all that happening in the world of MS. It’s fascinating and you can meet and greet with the docs too.
They’re not breathing a word of the entertainment this year – but I can tell you who was there last year: ELTON JOHN!! Unbelievable. There were maybe 1200 people there. It was truly a very intimate concert by – ELTON JOHN!! And Taio Cruise. And Rod Stewart was there. And Ziggy Marley. And Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne were there. The incredible list goes on and on. Go to the Virtual Race to Erase MS to see a list of all of the performers and stars that were at each of the past events. And then click on “Virtual Race Registration” and sign up to help put money in the hands of these incredible research scientists to find a cure for us all – AND – win prizes along the way. Sign up and send me an email telling me you signed up and I’ll be your personal coach – helping with creative fundraising ideas and motivation along the way. I hope to hear from you soon and see you on the orange carpet in Los Angeles on May 2nd!