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Over the last years, the MSA Coalition has been instrumental in funding cutting-edge research resulting in improved knowledge of MSA. This will, eventually, contribute to finding a cure for the disease.--Jose-Alberto Palma, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Assistant Director, NYU Dysautonomia Center.

Giving Tuesday: How You Can Help!
Our biggest supporters------you!  Patients, caregivers, families and friends make what we do possible as together we extend help and hope to all who are touched by multiple system atrophy.
The Nuts and Bolts
How can I help, you ask?
If you want to make a donation online with a credit card, you can go to one of these #HolidayHope4MSA campaign pages, either of which will be open for contributions through January 5:

Donate through Facebook:
On Giving Tuesday December 3 thru January 5-- Double your impact by giving on our Facebook team pages, with no fees--100 percent of donations go to the cause.  Facebook will match up to $100,000 on Giving Tuesday.  Our Circle of Hope donors will also match starting on December 4.   All to MSA Research on Giving Tuesday!

Donate herehttps://www.facebook.com/donate/548986195895980/

If you'd like to join the team and have your own fundraising page just go here: https://www.facebook.com/fund/multiplesystematrophycoalition 

Donate through GoFundMe [this was formerly known as Crowdrise]:
On Giving Tuesday, December 3 all funds are earmarked for MSA Research and will be doubled by our Circle of Hope matching donors, $110,000 in matching funds are available to be claimed!

Donate here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/holiday-hope-for-an-msa-cure-2019

If you'd like to join the team and have your own fundraising page, just click Join

Gifts gratefully accepted at any time of year...

Donate through the MSA Coalition website: 
Earmark your donation for Research, Education or wherever the need is greatest.  It's easy to dedicate your gift in Honor or in Memory of a loved one and the MSA Coalition will send a notice to the family, if you wish, to let them know about your gift.
https://www.multiplesystematrophy.org/msa-donation/

Receipts are issued automatically via email whenever you donate online by credit card.  Check your emails carefully right after you donate as it may end up in your spam folder.

Offline donations:
You can donate by check or money order if you prefer.  Please address your contribution to

MSA Coalition
9935-D Rea Road, #212 
Charlotte, NC 28277 
Let us know if you want an acknowledgement sent---and where---if your donation is in honor or memory of someone.  

Donate by Donor Advised Fund
If you are giving through a donor-advised fund, please try to ensure your name and address are sent along to us by the fund manager so we can send you a proper acknowledgment letter.

Matching Gifts
Please remember to ask your employer if they offer matching gifts---or check here.

This year, our Circle of Hope donors contributed over $110,000 to provide matching funds for our Holiday Hope for MSA fundraising initiative.  This means if you contribute to the MSA Coalition on Giving Tuesday December 3 on the GoFundMe platform, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar, and then beginning on December 4, every donation on Facebook will be matched until our matching funds are expended.  
If you want to make a difference on a global scale, the MSA Coalition is the charity to support! See how the MSA Coalition meets the 10 most important criteria for evaluating nonprofits.

Here's what Miguel Perez of NYU says about us:
"The MSA Coalition has helped fund research that led to a better understanding of MSA. Their direct support in projects such as the Natural History Study (a multinational study to understand the course of MSA) and GLOMSAR (The Global MSA Registry that has connected patients directly with research opportunities near them) is a perfect example of how our community can help in the fight against MSA. There is a lot of financial support for research in diseases affecting a large scale of people. However, support for rare diseases such as MSA is lacking. Sometimes, the support we get from the National Institutes of Health's research grants is not enough. When that happens, the MSA Coalition has stepped in to cover the gap. And that would not be possible without every contribution from donors. We are all we have. We may be small, but we are mighty. To them I say, thank you for helping us as we work to beat MSA".
UK Clinical Trial Recruiting Soon
We are pleased to share this news from the Multiple System Atrophy Trust (UK) regarding their support of a new clinical trial for MSA patients of the diabetes drug Exendin-4 (Exenatide). The study will be recruiting patients soon and will be run out of University College London. The MSA Coalition is proud to share that a pre-clinical study of Exendin-4 that showed promising results in MSA mouse models was previously supported by a research grant from the MSA Coalition. This important laboratory work has helped pave the way for this trial.  Your donations do make a difference!  Here's more background on the trial and the drug itself.  
Federal Employee in US? Consider MSAC for Your CFC Donation
 
Federal emplyees, retirees, and others qualified to donate through the Combined Federal Campaign, please note that the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is now an approved charity: CFC#42606.  Please consider supporting our mission, and share with others who might be interested.  Thanks!
The Coalition is driven by those in our community who find ways to help.  We loved hearing this story. Fundraiser Carmel reports, "I just wanted to give you all an update on the totals raised from the FB fundraiser and the fundraiser held at The Irish Rover, run by the CDC Darts League Paul Burns, both in honor of our good friend Larry Watson. As you probably have seen, our total here on FB was $4,105 which is fantastic👏👏👏👏 The total from the Darts night at The Irish Rover was $11,900!!!!! that is just amazing, a HUGE WELL DONE to all."  
Early Investigator Travel Awardees Present Research
Karl Biggs, a research associate in the UCLA lab of Gal Bitan, recently received a Coalition Early Investigator award to attend the Society of Neuroscience conference.  Biggs' conference report emphasized the importance of connections made at conferences are in leading to collaborations.  Biggs also noted that this is the way researchers learn about as-yet-unpublished work by other teams.  Your donations make  collaboration happen.
Alexandra Perez Soriano, a PhD student based at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain, used a travel award to attend the Movement Disorder Society conference in Italy.  A researcher working on MSA genetics and transcriptomics, she was able to attend several sessions on those topics and how to translate knowledge into therapeutics for MSA patients.  We are grateful to donors who make sure researchers can attend these meetings early in their careers.
Conference Videos Available
As we have noted in earlier editions, our conference in Florida was packed with informative sessions for everyone---patients, caregivers, friends, and medical professionals.  You can watch video of sessions by going to our webpage.  And if you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you'll be notified when new content becomes available!
The Board of Directors of the MSA Coalition wishes all of you a peaceful holiday season surrounded by family and friends!
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