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Our Mission

Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and all funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. This nationwide collaboration of physicians and scientists are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs, working as a team on therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. In addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, we hope to increase awareness by educating the public about this mystifying disease.

Since 1994, the Race to Erase MS has raised $50,148,726 in contributions. We have funded MS research grants and programs totaling $28,643,782. Our core focus is to assist in the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. 72% percent of all Race to Erase MS spending since 1999 has been on program activities, funding cutting edge research through our Center Without Walls, which is greater than the 65% recommended by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

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We are proud of the tremendous strides that have been made in our Race to Erase MS and the advances that have been made towards finding a cure.

Dr. Stephen Hauser stated, “The scientific discoveries that led to the development of Ocrevus were carried out over a period of many years at UCSF in work supported by the Race to Erase MS and their Center Without Walls program founded by Nancy Davis.  B-cell therapy has emerged as a major breakthrough for people with MS, and the first therapy of this type for MS, called ocrelizumab, was approved by the FDA on March 28, 2017.  In clinical trials ocrelizumab blocked new disease activity in relapsing MS, and was also the first drug proven to be effective for primary progressive MS.”

There are now seventeen drugs with FDA approval to help stop the progression of MS with many more therapies on the horizon. The future is bright for the person being diagnosed today with multiple sclerosis.

Our History

The Race to Erase MS was founded by Nancy Davis in 1993 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After her diagnosis, she was determined to devote her time and resources to finding a cure. Nancy’s hope, courage and strength continue to inspire her to maintain a vibrant quality of life despite this chronic disease, but most of all, she remains positive, continues to live her life to the fullest and is tireless in her efforts to finding the cure for MS.

In the process of learning all she could about multiple sclerosis, she discovered that MS affects close to two million Americans primarily between the ages of 20 and 40, and three times as many women as men, Nancy Davis made it her deep personal commitment to help find the cause and ultimately the cure of this disease. In 1993 she founded the Race to Erase MS and held the first Race to Erase MS event – an intimate ski getaway weekend in Aspen, Colorado – that pulled in over $1.3 million for the Center Without Walls Program. Since its inception, the Race to Erase MS has become an exciting star-studded gala. The foundation has gained the support of many key individuals in the fashion and entertainment worlds, including Tommy Hilfiger who has been a major sponsor since 1997 and who has a sister living with MS. The annual Race to Erase MS event has raised over $35 million for multiple sclerosis research to date.

All proceeds directly fund the foundation’s Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs and therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. The Centers work as a team constantly communicating, never duplicating. It was the goal of Nancy Davis to build a winning team and the Foundation sought out the best and the brightest MS research facilities throughout the world. It is the hope of her Foundation that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, that an increased awareness will be created by educating the public about this devastating disease.

“While there’s no cure for MS yet, we have broken so much new ground in a very short time and we will not stop until we cross the finish line and find a cure for MS,” Nancy explains. It’s amazing how the landscape has significantly changed over the years. At the time Nancy was diagnosed is 1993, there were no drugs on the market to help stop the progression of this disease. Miraculously, there are now seventeen with FDA approval with more to be approved in the very near future. We are now so much closer to finding a cure.

This expansion of minds working towards a cure gives individuals the confidence that MS may in fact be erased in the next decade with the diligent work of the Center Without Walls Physicians and the continued support of the many generous and caring contributors to this cause.

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