Jo and Scott Rampy, along with other runners and walkers, relayed the check from Bentonville to Little Rock on Tuesday. The run was organized for the foundation’s Giving Tuesday fundraising efforts. The foundation made an initial pledge of $25,000 to UAMS, and donations made during the run were added to the total amount.
“Thanks to generous UAMS supporters like Jo and Scott, and the runners and walkers who helped bring the check here today, our exceptional team of neurologists are able to advance the important work that allows the clinic to continue to tailor care to the individualized struggles of treating MS,” said Cam Patterson, CEO of UAMS Health. “We are truly inspired by the dedication of the Rampy Foundation to support critical research, helping to improve the lives of so many people with MS.”
The check was presented to Patterson and Robert L. “Lee” Archer, chairman of the Department of Neurology.
“UAMS has enjoyed a great relationship with the Rampy Foundation, and we are very thankful that we can always count on the generosity and passion of the Rampys,” said Archer. “Their steadfast support of MS research at UAMS has helped fund resources such as a neuroimmunology fellowship and the creation of a lab.”
Jo Rampy’s diagnosis with MS was the catalyst for the Rampy’s advocacy for MS research and the creation of the Rampy MS Research Foundation in 2012. The foundation organizes several fundraisers, including Trifest for MS, an annual triathlon in Bentonville. The foundation has also made donations to Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of California, San Francisco. Since its creation, the foundation has raised close to $900,000.