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Sept 3-5, 2021


Bentonville, Arkansas


UAMS MS Research Team


Your Questions Answered:
Who founded the organization?

Scott and Jo Rampy, their daughter Alexandra, and son-in-law Blake founded the foundation in November 2011. They were inspired by the support and encouragement they received from the Bentonville, Arkansas community in their personal fight against multiple sclerosis. Learn more about the Foundation’s impact and the MS research it helps fun.

• Scott Rampy, co-founder
• Jo Rampy, co-founder
• Alexandra Bornkessel, co-founder
• Blake Bornkessel, co-founder

As we grow, we look to expand our board.

First, thank you and that’s awesome! Consider joining our fund-racing team - Team Endurance for MS. We can also feature your fundraiser right here on researchms.org and help you brainstorm ideas for fundraising. Ping our Director of Marketing, Alexandra Bornkessel, at alex@researchms.org.

We donate 100% of race registration fees to the MS research team at the University of Arkansas Medical Science (UAMS). We invite you to meet the MS research doctors on race weekend who will be on hand to answer questions, volunteer, and award the top finishers. Learn more about the Foundation’s impact.

Let’s clear something up: Everyone can play a role in the story of ending MS! You encourage us just by raising your hand. Check out our volunteer opportunities [link to volunteer page]. You can also join our volunteer-only Facebook group and say hi. We often post to this group with volunteer needs and opportunities as they arise.

Don’t let that stop you from getting in touch and saying hello. Check out our Team Endurance for MS. It’s a National, fund-racing team where participants can choose any race, in any place, and dedicate their efforts to MS research. From cycling, to running, to multisport events and the off-the-wall challenge, participants choose their commitment level and we encourage them in their pursuits and support them along the way. Contact teamendurance@researchms.org if interested.

As we grow, we look to expand the reach of our events.

Yes. Team Endurance for MS hosts a team yard sale in the late Spring. Items can be donated to this effort. We also host a silent auction during the Trifest for MS, and items can be donated to this effort as well. Contact alex@researchms.org if interested.

We partner with the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) because their research is specific to myelin deterioration through the isolation of the proteolipid protein which is found in all MS patients.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body. The severity of the disease and its symptoms vary from person to person. While the cause of MS is unknown and although there are treatments that can slow disease progression, there is no known cure at this time.

MS is most commonly diagnosed in young adults with 2.5 million people affected worldwide. Over 400,000 Americans have MS and another 200 are diagnosed every week. 80% of MS patients develop MS between the ages of 16 and 45. Women are more frequently diagnosed with MS by at least 2 to 1. MS is the leading cause of disability in young women and the second leading cause of disability in young men.

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