The CrowdRise Holiday Challenge provides nonprofits the opportunity to boost year-end donations, while also competing for great prizes. The MSA Coalition is participating in the event for the second consecutive year and has committed to placing 100% of the money raised during the challenge into its MSA Research Fund.

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition has announced its entry in the 2014 CrowdRise Holiday Challenge. The fundraising challenge allows nonprofits to compete against one-another for cash prizes while raising funds for their cause. All money raised by the MSA Coalition during the challenge will be placed directly into the dedicated MSA Research Fund.

“We are very excited to be a part of this year’s CrowdRise Holiday Challenge” stated Don Crouse, Vice President of The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition. “We have had a very good fundraising year thus far. To show our commitment to our primary goal of finding a cure for MSA, we are placing 100% of all money raised during the challenge into our MSA research fund. This year we have awarded $269,000 to seven MSA research grant projects and we hope to award even more in 2015.”

“For this year’s challenge we are inviting anyone who wants to help us find a cure for this rare and terminal disorder to sign up on CrowdRise” stated Pam Bower, Secretary of The MSA Coalition Board of Directors. “Becoming one of our fundraising team members throughout the Holiday Challenge is a great way to help fund MSA research. By joining our team as a fundraiser individuals have the opportunity to generate their own personal fundraising page for MSA research complete with their MSA story and photos. Then it’s up to each fundraiser to share the link to their page and spread the news of this challenge among their own network of family, friends and colleagues. Encouraging others to also sign on as fundraising team members can increase donations exponentially and help ensure the MSA Coalition will be in the winner’s circle at the end of the Holiday Challenge.”

The CrowdRise Holiday Challenge started on November 25th and runs through January 6th at 2:00 pm EST. The goal of The MSA Coalition is to win one of the cash prizes at the end of the contest, ideally the first place prize of $100,000. There will also be Bonus Challenges every week during the challenge for completing various tasks, such as raising a certain amount of money or getting the most people to donate to our cause.

To start a fundraiser supporting The MSA Coalition click on this link – https://www.crowdrise.com/msaresearchfund and click the green button “Fundraise for this campaign” You can also choose to be a donor by selecting one of the MSA Coalition’s team of fundraisers. In order for a donation to count toward the challenge prizes it must be donated online via the same link.

About Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple system atrophy (previously known as Shy-Drager Syndrome) is a rare and fatal disorder with less than 15,000 Americans diagnosed and 35,000 undiagnosed at any given time. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Multiple system atrophy is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by symptoms of autonomic nervous system failure such as fainting spells and bladder control problems (neurogenic orthostatic hypotension), combined with motor control symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, and loss of muscle coordination. MSA affects both men and women primarily in their 50s. MSA tends to advance rapidly over the course of nine to 10 years, with progressive loss of motor skills, eventual confinement to bed, and death. There is no remission from the disease. Currently no cure is available.”

About The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition®

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is a positive beacon of hope standing up to a little known, rare, insidious disorder. Made up of dedicated volunteers, The MSA Coalition has a primary purpose of encouraging and funding research to find a cure. The Coalition also provides much needed patient and caregiver support, educational resources, and advocacy to create awareness and to fight for issues important to the MSA community. At present, as much as 75% of all donations go directly into a dedicated Multiple System Atrophy Research Fund which now supports a research grant program. The MSA Coalition also has a world-class scientific advisory board (SAB) to review and award research grants to the most promising MSA research proposals.

For more information or to donate to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, please visit: www.MultipleSystemAtrophy.org