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Welcome to Finding the Cure for DM Foundation, Inc. 

About DM


Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), also known as Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDRM), is an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord  that mimics the symptoms of ALS and/or MS. 

DM leads to paralysis, and eventually, becomes fatal, as there is no cure.


Meet Our Board of Directors : (click on names to view)


Cindy E. Fink:  President  

Mindy Shepler:   Executive V.P. 

Patti Tyler Parks:  Treasurer  

 Renee Howard:   Board Secretary 

Sharon Quilter:   Marketing/Fundraising

About Our Foundation


Finding the Cure for DM Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization made up of representatives who in one way or another have been affected by Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), also known as  Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDRM).  

Our goal is to increase awareness and educate the public about this dreadful disease and to help fund continuing research, to look for additional causes, better treatments and ultimately, to finding a cure. 

We are also here to support YOU, as you share this battle with your canine companion.

The Finding the Cure for DM Foundation, Inc. is an organization that consists entirely of volunteers 

that are dedicated to these goals.


Our Mission:

To Ultimately Find the Cure for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).


To Raise Awareness to the Public, Breeder & Veterinary fields, and Canine organizations throughout the world, in all sectors, about the existence of this all too unknown, fatal disease.


 To Educate all those associated in any way with DM that are willing to open their hearts and minds, to learn about this disease: It’s statistics, studies, organizations, symptoms, care, and anything possible, where it relates to Degenerative Myelopathy.


To Support  the organizations that are Researching and supporting research to find the additional causes and ultimately, the cure. And we are here as a resource for YOU, if you are battling this disease with your beloved companion, or are otherwise interested in learning more about DM.

About our Founder: 

William Messner selflessly founded the Finding the Cure for DM Foundation 
through the inspiration of his soul mate Shannon. 
She was lost to this dreadful disease. 
In Memory of William Messner: 4/16/1956 to 1/29/2014,
We continue to carry on this legacy in his honor.

Please visit our pages to learn about us, our Foundation and to learn more about DM. Read articles, find equipment, and visit other groups and people sharing our interest in this disease, 

and help us to find the Cure!

Our First Annual Rafflethon, September 28, 2014.Thank you to all who made this possible! Thank you to Deb Kazsimer for graciously allowing us to play "Dear Mommy" (words, music, and © 2001 by Deborah Kazsimer) Visit http://deborahkaz.bandcamp.com/  to purchase and download a copy of "Dear Mommy" and her other songs.

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