Annette Funicello Fund For Neurological Disorders
Annette Funicello stopped being just another teenager in 1955,
when she and the rest of the Mousketeers were introduced to America
in a national TV special that coincided with the opening of Disneyland.
Since that day, she has lived her life in the spotlight.
She first noticed signs of what would be diagnosed as multiple
sclerosis while working on the 1987 film Back to the Beach. In 1992, she made her diagnosis public, saying "I think
you only have two choices in this kind of situation. Either
you give in to it or you fight it. I intend to fight."
To battle Multiple Sclerosis, she established the Annette
Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California
Community Foundation in 1993.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the
central nervous system. Symptoms range from mild numbness in
the arms or legs to severe, where those affected experience
paralysis or loss of vision.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40
but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong.
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one
person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment
are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
Annette Funicello includes details of her personal experiences
with MS as well as many backstage showbiz stories
in her autobiography, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.
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