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The Sumaira Foundation and CBJF present the Deymystifying NMO podcast series

The Sumaira Foundation and Connor B. Judge Foundation are proud to present Demystifying NMO, a podcast series aimed at simplifying scientific jargon associated with NMOSD, facilitating better understanding for patients and their caregivers, and fostering greater connectivity among the community.

Demystifying NMO is available now on iTunes.

Upcoming Events

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Rare Disease Day


February 27 in Cleveland, OH

Rare Disease Day held every year brings awareness to the one in 10 people who live with one of the over 7,000 rare diseases.

Please join patients, families, caregivers, medical professionals and industry representatives at this important event to discuss the challenges rare disease patients face and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of rare disease patients and their families here in our great state of Ohio.

Space is limited. There is no cost to participants to attend this event.

Leap into NMO Action!


February 29 in Cleveland, OH

It's the 5th annual Connor B Judge Foundation (CBJF) fundraiser to raise awareness and research funds for NMO!

Come join the CBJF board for food, drinks, raffle prizes, music, and more - all for a good cause! Proceeds will help the CBJF raise awareness and research funds for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMO/NMOSD), a rare neurological autoimmune disease that causes blindness and paralysis.

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What is NMO?


Neuromyelitis Optica is a rare neurological autoimmune disease - meaning the body’s own immune cells begin to attack components of the nervous system, predominantly the optic nerve and spinal cord.

Science of NMO →Science of Autoimmunity →

Research for a Cure


All proceeds of the Connor B. Judge Foundation are used to fund research for the treatment and cure of NMO. We help support ongoing nerve repair research performed by Tesar Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University.

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Dr. Tesar explaining lab technique