ABOUT US
" . . . i believe everything happens for a reason.  and i know now that my mission is to help others raise funds for ms".
                                                                                      - annette funicello

OUR ORGANIZATION

The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (AFRFND) is a 501c3 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 grant research efforts.

AFRFND is operated by the Annette Funicello Research Fund Board of Directors, 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 foundations created by individuals, families, corporations and non-profit organizations.
 

OUR HISTORY

Annette Funicello 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 symptioms, 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 everything happens for a reason, and I know now that my mission is to help others raise funds for MS."  True to he word, in 1992 she established the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (AFRFND) with a dream of finding a cure.
MISSION STATEMENT
The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (AFRFND) is dedicated to funding grant research into the cause, treatment and cure of MS and other neurological diseases.

Shop and Support
Did you know that each time you access and shop Amazon.com though our website, a percentage of the purchase price from each item ordered supports the work of AFRFND?

Simply click on the Amazon.com button at the right to be redirected to their website.  Shop and check out as you normally would.  It's that easy!