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The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases is dedicated to funding research into the cause, treatment, and cure of  Multiple Sclerosis  and other neurological diseases.
Annette first noticed her MS symptoms in 1987 when she was making the movie "Back to the Beach", a friendly spoof of her early sand-and-surf films that received both public and critical acclaim.  Despite recurring symptoms, in 1989, Annette teamed up with long-time friend and Beach Party co-star, Frankie Avalon, for a successful year-long concert tour that re-lived the music and fun of the 1960's.  By 1992, rumors and gossip began to surface in the press after Annette's MS symptoms became increasingly pronounced.  It was then she decided to go public with her condition.
As she recalls in her book, "When stories about my MS came out, everyone gave me their love and prayers.  I'm human, and sometimes I can't help but ask, 'Why me?' But I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I know now that my mission is to help others raise funds for MS."  True to her word, in 1993 she established the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases with a dream of finding a cure.
The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases is a non-profit foundation with a specific interest in supporting clinical studies that seek to expose the underlying cause of Multiple Sclerosis and therapies that show promise of reversing the symptoms of this and other neurological diseases.  Unlike most non-profits, we have no paid staff, which allows our organization to operate at little cost, and per Annette's wishes, ensure nearly all donated funds are used for research purposes only.  In addition to our own fundraising activities, our organization relies on direct donations and fund-raisers held by others on our behalf to continue our research efforts.
The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases is operated by the Annette Funicello Research Fund Board of Advisors with Annette's husband, Glen Holt, serving as Chairman.  All Fund assets and grant disbursements are overseen by the California Community Foundation, one of the top 50 largest foundations in the nation that manages funds created by individuals, families, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Upon receiving a grant request, it is first presented to the Annette Funicello Science Review Board, a group of high-profile doctors and experts in various fields of study.  The Science Review Board provides recommendations to Annette's husband and Advisory Board Chairman, Glen Holt, and upon approval it is then forwarded to the California Community Foundation for processing and funding.
Since Annette's diagnosis, Glen has personally examined every new research pathway, spending long hours reading medical research as well as contacting physicians and researchers working on new therapies.  "It's so important to Annette that we provide grants for institutions and doctors who are working on promising new ways to treat, and hopefully, cure this terrible illness." says Holt.  "If we are able to bring new hope to millions of people who suffer from this diseases by providing grants and raising awareness, then we will have achieved our goal."
Please mail all donations, grant requests and other written correspondence to:
The Annette Funicello Research Fund
Fund-Raising Division
P.O. Box 599
Shafter, CA 93263 





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