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Kathleen and Jim Skinner Invest $10 Million in the National MS Society’s Pathways to Cures

March 31, 2022

Kathleen and Jim Skinner contributed $10 million to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Lead Investor in Pathways to Cures – the biggest, most collaborative MS research effort of our time. The National MS Society is bringing the world together to cure MS for every person, focusing the brightest minds on the most promising research to close in faster on cures. MS organizations and scientific leaders from around the globe have endorsed this as the way forward to cure MS for all.

“We’ve had our sights set on a cure for more than 75 years. And we’re closer than ever to stopping MS, restoring lost function and ending MS forever. This extraordinary gift from Jim and Kathleen ensures we make progress as quickly possible,” remarks National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. “The Skinners have supported the organization for years, and I am grateful for their continued partnership as we prove life-changing cures for MS are possible.”

Jim Skinner shares, “In reviewing the opportunity to be a Lead Investor in Pathways to Cures, we were intrigued by the boldness of the goal and recognized the comprehensive organization it takes to implement this plan—research funding and oversight, leadership for global collaboration, partnerships with healthcare providers, influential public presence and more. The National MS Society is the go-to organization for people affected by MS, has contributed to every MS treatment discovery, is expanding connections with general neurologists and others and working on all components that need to come together to make this plan work. A complex disease like MS requires an organization that is in touch with people who have the disease and what they want in their lives—this is apparent in the Pathways to Cures plan. Cures are described clearly, and the discoveries needed to achieve each cure are laid out.”

Jim continues, “We are pleased to be at the front of this incredible work and have confidence that the National MS Society has what it takes to provide leadership in the global MS movement. Kathleen and I feel a responsibility to help solve MS. The prevalence of MS is relatively small, compared to other diseases. As a family that is affected by MS, we want to help accelerate progress. We are fortunate to have the ability to contribute, so we do, not for recognition, but for the results. The National MS Society is a good investment to reach a world free of MS.”

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.


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