Susie has MSA-c Multiple Systems Atrophy of the cerebellum. Tons of people ask, "How is it going with Susie’s situation?" The more we learn, the more we realize that most people are connected to the wickedness that Parkinson’s brings to families.
MSA is an aggressive form of neurodegenerative disease closely related to, but more aggressive than Parkinson’s disease. Until recently, the causes of MSA were shrouded in mystery. At this point, scientists have been pushing hard to slow down this nasty disease. Recent advances in genetics, imaging and disease modeling are giving scientists such as Dr. Vik Khurana, Chief of the Division of Movement Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, powerful new tools to better understand neurologic diseases such as MSA.
Dr. Khurana and his collaborators recently identified a gene in specific MSA patients (Susie being one of them), which they feel may be contributing to the disease. This finding will allow Dr. Khurana to utilize the human genetic analysis and stem cell research technologies he has developed to explore new pathways of discovery for treatments specific to this disease. This research will benefit and support the search for a cure. Philanthropic support will allow Dr. Khurana and his team to validate findings regarding this recent gene discovery, which is critical for research, diagnosis and the development of drugs that can treat and ultimately prevent the disease.
Please help support this important research by donating here on Crowdrise or sending a check to: Brigham & Women’s Hospital Development Office 116 Huntington Ave, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02116 On the memo line, please write Dr. Khurana-MSA Gene Research/Susan Harvey. The BWH Tax ID # is 04-2312909 for your records, but you will also receive a receipt in the mail.
We all tested our spit/genes and results showed a very valuable find that researchers need to investigate. They need money to do it. Thank you!