After a long and valiant fight with Multiple System Atrophy, Patti passed away on December 31, 2015.
She was full of love for so many, and showed endless kindness and unwavering strength, even in her final hours.
Her daughters say they won the mother lottery to be blessed with such a loving, caring, devoted, brave, encouraging, gracious, strong, and awe-inspiring mother like her.
Her gentle soul, incredible strength, her resolve and positivity were admirable, and to know her was to receive her kindness and love.
There are few words to convey how hard it is to have lost her, but we take comfort in knowing she is now at peace.
MSA is a rare, degenerative neurologic condition that affects both men and women, usually starting in their 50s or early 60s. It is a type of parkinsonism but with more widespread effects on the brain and body than Parkinson's disease.
The causes of MSA are unclear and there are no known risk factors. The prognosis for this disease is poor with most patients passing away from its complications around nine years after diagnosis. Patti fought for over ten.
At this time, there are no specific symptoms, blood tests, or imaging studies that definitively diagnose MSA and there is no cure. Despite the diagnostic challenge, recent research has yielded promising results that may help unravel the causes, detection, and future treatment of MSA.
The MSA Coalition is focused on facilitating and funding MSA research. Approximately 75% of all donations to the MSA Coalition go into a dedicated MSA Research Fund. The MSA Coalition also supports important educational and advocacy initiatives.
We ask that donations are made in honor of Patti's memory to aid in the discovery of a cure for this devastating disease.