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Céline Dion Donates $2M to Autoimmune Neurology Research

Céline Dion’s charity has made a $2 million donation to support research into autoimmune neurology.

The beloved superstar who is living with a neurological disorder known as Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), shared the news on social media after it was first made public during a New York special screening of her documentary, I Am: Céline Dion.

The funding will establish the Céline Dion Foundation Endowed Chair in Autoimmune Neurology with Dr. Amanda Piquet leading the specialised program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

According to a press release, “the investment will fund initiatives to advance research in autoimmune neurological disorder, such as Stiff Person Syndrome” as well as support Piquet’s work in diagnosing, treating and researching the condition.

Céline, who has been committed to advancing healthcare initiatives throughout her career, is being treated for SPS by Piquet. The disease currently has no cure but can be managed through various therapies to improve quality of life.

“SPS and other rare autoimmune neurological disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat because they often affect individuals differently,” Piquet said in a statement. “This generous gift from the Céline Dion Foundation and the overall increased awareness for SPS will change the future of not only diagnosing the disease but will catapult research efforts to explore new approaches of treatment.”

 

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The $2 million donation will be provided to the campus over the next five years, with the aim of supporting ongoing research, expand the current autoimmune neurologic disease registry and bio-repository at Colorado University to develop more insights into the triggers of SPS and the impact of therapeutic approaches, and to help identify the patterns in symptoms people are experiencing to diagnose the disease earlier.

Céline Dion first opened up about her condition in December, 2022, explaining that SPS was affecting “every aspect” of her daily life including walking, talking and singing.

“I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again. But I have to admit, it’s been a struggle. All I know is singing. It’s what I’ve done all my life and what I love to do the most.”

Her new documentary delves into her emotional journey and is currently airing on Prime Video.

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.