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My dad, Mark Versel, loving father, grandfather and brother, and husband to my mom for nearly 46 years, died May 11, 2012, at the age of 68 from a most insidious disease called multiple system atrophy (MSA). It’s a rare, progressive, neurodegenerative condition that presents itself with symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease, but it is far more aggressive and debilitating, like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Essentially, muscles stop working until the disease kills you.
Nobody knows the cause of MSA and there is no cure. There really aren’t even any effective treatments. You can only treat the symptoms with medications designed for Parkinson’s to address muscle stiffness, balance and such, and with physical and speech therapy, but it ultimately is a futile battle.
Mark fought the disease valiantly and courageously to the very end, even celebrating what he knew would be his final birthday with a night of laughter and love, surrounded by his family and friends. His body may have failed, but his spirit endures.
We are supporting the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition (formerly the SDS/MSA Support Group) in memory of my dad, in hopes of finding the cause, treatments and eventually a cure for MSA.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support.
- Neil Versel, on behalf of the Versel family