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Funicello still raising funds, waiting for a cure

If I'd encountered 62-year-old Annette Funicello on the street, I'd have never guessed.

Five decades ago, as a television Mouseketeer, she was the first crush for a generation of adolescent boys.

A decade later, her "Beach Blanket" pairing with Frankie Avalon was packing drive-in movie theaters across the country.

And by the late 1970s, she was the wholesome housewife trying to convince choosy mothers like mine to switch from Jif to Skippy peanut butter.

Today, Funicello has advanced multiple sclerosis -- diagnosed in 1987, publicly acknowledged in 1992...

Some $42 million, or 23 percent, of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's $184.5 million income from 2003 went to administration, fund raising and other overhead, according to the MS Society.


The Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders here.

August 22, 2004 in people | Permalink