Mary Colleen Kellerman (2/16/55-2/4/16) was a most wonderful wife, full of life and love. She had two children, four grandchildren and a husband, all who loved her dearly. A rare and terminal, entirely sporadic neurodegenerative disease called multiple system atrophy (MSA) took her from all of us within eight (8) years of symptoms beginning. Her favorite saying, "I am woman, hear me roar!", became a whimper at the end of that most dreadful journey, in no small part because of the devastating nature of the disease. There is limited understanding of this disease other than that it is 100% terminal. It's a death sentence if one has the disease and the three most accurate descriptions of the disease I've heard have come from patients and doctors: "Parkinson's on steroids" "Like a bulldozer going through my brain" "An intact mind inside a broken body" These descriptions don't include the ones that are not appropriate for this public space. Let's just say this disease needs to be solved NOW! The best way you can help is log in here, or on any of the many scores of other MSA-sponsored pages here at CrowdRise, and make a donation on Giving Tuesday, 11/27/18. If you happen to forget but still want to make a donation do so; you have until January 2019 to help the Coalition in this Challenge. Our goal is to beat the Beast. To help us do that we want to win this year's Holiday Challenge. The extra dollars the first place charity or cause earns will dramatically impact the 2018 Multiple System Atrophy Coalition research grant program. Colleen, my wife, passed away from MSA-Cerebellar (confirmed upon autopsy) before she turned 61. She missed her granddaughter's high school graduation by four months and the birth of a new granddaughter by 18 months. At some point a disease which takes grandmas and grandpas, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles or moms and dads needs to be solved. That point is now. Please give.