More than 50 years ago, Dr. Buster and Mrs. Nancy Alvord began a family legacy of leadership and commitment to the National MS Society. Dr. Buster Alvord devoted his life to basic MS research. His work on experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) in animals helped to advance understanding of the disease process and subsequently propelled treatments for MS. Dr. Alvord embodied the Society’s vision of a world free of MS, relentlessly pursuing the cause and cure. This passion and dedication was instilled in his children and they have in turn, continued Buster and Nancy’s legacy with their own children. To date, three generations of the Alvord family have contributed more than $3 million to support the work of the National MS Society: Dr. Buster & Nancy Alvord, Elias & Karyl Alvord, Chap & Eve Alvord, Katharyn Alvord Gerlich, Carrie Rhodes, George Rhodes, Kalpana & Jamie Rhodes, Jean Rhodes, Rick & Nancy Alvord, Alex Alvord.