The Dans: Accelerating research progress
Boca Raton, Fla., residents Dolly and Merwyn Dan insist they are like anyone else in the MS movement. However, they have found their own unique way of harnessing their commitment to end multiple sclerosis, initiated when their youngest daughter was diagnosed with the disease in 1998. That diagnosis changed the Dan family’s life forever, spurring them to inspire, engage and challenge fellow volunteers to increase the research funds needed to speed new and better therapies to people living with MS.
Dolly and Merwyn are specifically interested in myelin repair, which they believe one day will stop their daughter’s disease progression and restore the function she has lost to MS. “This is the key opportunity for our daughter,” Merwyn says.
Since the beginning of their involvement with the Society, the Dans have supported research grants related to myelin repair. Most recently, their support of the Society included a $1 million long-term pledge to Fast Forward, which focuses on accelerated commercial developments of new treatments for MS. The Dans’ gift helped develop a targeted program in nervous system repair. “We would like to see a faster route to the solution, and Fast Forward is an important step toward that,” explains Merwyn.
As longtime active volunteers for the Society, the Dans are passionate about getting other families to give to research, and see an opportunity in the NOW campaign. “The more that others contribute to this effort, the more partnerships Fast Forward will be able to make—and the more grants the Society will be able to award,” Merwyn says. He and Dolly see NOW’s $250 million commitment to research as critical, and with their pledge they challenge others to make the most meaningful gift they can.
Because of their extraordinary commitment to the MS movement, the Society is honored to have Merwyn as a member of the Volunteer Hall of Fame, and both Dolly and Merwyn as members of the Circle of Distinction.
Join Dolly and Merwyn Dan and help propel MS research through The Golden Circle today.