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In Memoriam: Charles and Margery Barancik

December 20, 2019

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we note the passing of Charles and Margery Barancik, two powerful visionaries of the MS movement. They have been a driving force to accelerate pathways to new treatments and ultimately a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Their belief that one creative and driven individual can accelerate a world free MS gave rise to the Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research, which recognizes an exceptional scientist or team whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality.
Chuck and Margie often noted that “MS has affected our lives in many ways. We want a world without MS.” The MS community has lost two remarkable leaders and we join their family in mourning their loss.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to mobility challenges, blindness and paralysis. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society, founded in 1946, funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, and provides programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Connect to learn more and get involved:, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or 1-800-344-4867.


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