The 26th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala honored actress Selma Blair for her bravery and strength demonstrated during her personal battle with MS. The gala also honored the Hausman Family Foundation, for its incredible and most generous support of Race to Erase MS. Grammy-nominated R&B/Soul artist Aloe Blacc and platinum-selling international music star Flo Rida performed. David Foster served as the evening’s musical producer. The landmark event also boasted a Spring/Summer 2019 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet with many celebrities modeling in the show. The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised over $48 million to date for Race to Erase MS and it’s Center Without Walls program.
Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. At the event’s inception 26 years ago, the absence of medications and therapies encouraged its involvement; the Race has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.
All funds raised support the Center Without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists, and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Race to Erase MS that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.