The Connor B. Judge Foundation (CBJF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which raises awareness and research funds for neuromyelitis optica and other autoimmune diseases. NMO is a rare autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve (eye).
CBJF was formed in honor of Connor Judge, after he suffered a severe NMO attack that left him blind and paralyzed from the waist down. After 2 weeks in the neurology department of the Cleveland Clinic and 6 weeks of intense physical rehabilitation at MetroHealth, Connor recovered both his eyesight and ability to walk. However, Connor, like many NMO patients, still endures daily neuropathic pain throughout his back and legs, and many other complications from NMO including potential for relapse, spasticity, visual disturbances.
Most importantly though, Connor’s optimism for his recovery and ability to live life “normally” never waned. It is this positive outlook we hope to spread to others battling NMO, MS and other rare diseases, while raising funds to find a cure.
There is currently no cure or FDA-approved treatment for NMO. Although rare, the science of NMO overlaps with other autoimmune diseases- what we are able to learn from NMO can potentially help unlock the mysteries behind other similar diseases. Our mission is to spread understanding of NMO and autoimmunity, implement a stronger approach to its treatment, and create a greater stride toward its cure.
Spread understanding of NMO and autoimmunity, implement a stronger approach to its treatment, and create a greater stride toward its cure.