Briana Landis wants to help find a cure for the disease that sometimes takes her vision in one eye for weeks at a time. But the 11-year-old Kannapolis Intermediate School student who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis seven years ago might need to choose a different disease to tackle.

"I think there’s going to be a cure before I grow up," she said.
Briana and dozens of other MS sufferers listened Thursday as scientists and philanthropists at the announced a new effort to find a cure for the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Charlotte theater mogul Herman Stone gave $1 million to help fund MS research at the biotechnology hub in downtown Kannapolis. The effort is a partnership between Duke University, the Research Campus and the National MS Society.

Dr. Simon Gregory, a Duke scientist, already has a lab at the Research Campus. His team will collaborate with others around the globe to better understand the complex disease.

Stone’s lead gift launches a new fund drive to raise $5 million on the Web site .

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