MS Hope for a Cure’s mission is to raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and to support those individuals and their families living with MS until a cure is found.


Within that mission statement is a very simple, yet powerful, concept: HOPE.  In the face of adversity, individuals living with MS, and the networks of families and friends that support them, can achieve great things, realize great dreams, and work for a cure. On this page, we've added some quotes that give us hope, so we in turn can keep giving hope to others.

Hope is the dream of the soul awake.
— Matthew Prior


MS Hope focuses its efforts on the following three goals:

  1. To leverage the National MS Society’s vast knowledge and resources by funding research that has been through the Society’s vigorous due diligence process and approved.
  2. To support local New York City MS Care Centers by providing salary support for needed personnel.
  3. To spread awareness of MS and to educate others about the disease and what they can do to help find a cure.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
— Christopher Reeve
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.


EJ Levy (l) with Eden Lopez (r) at the 10th Anniversary Poker Event 

MS Hope for a Cure was founded by Elissa (EJ) Levy in 2007. Prior to 2007, EJ had been a top fundraiser for the NYC-Southern NY Chapter of the National MS Society. After being diagnosed with MS in 2002, EJ started her own Walk MS Team and over the next 5 years she helped raise over half a million dollars for the Chapter. At that time, EJ felt that she could do more to help people living with MS by creating a new not-for-profit organization, MS Hope for a Cure. EJ still works closely with the MS Society.  She believes strongly that the Society has the best process for vetting potential research projects and therefore all of the money MS Hope raises for research is given through the Society and directed towards research projects that the Board feels have the most potential to improve the lives of people living with the progressive form of the disease.


Since its inception, MS Hope for a Cure has raised over $9.6 million dollars. In turn, the organization has funded one hundred and ten grants for critical research and programs to help people living with MS.

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
— Dalai Lama