Tickling Tastebuds and Making a Difference to NMO

If you’re a fan of the TV show MasterChef USA, you may remember Christina Ha, the contestant that cooked her way into our hearts—and into the winner’s circle!—despite the fact that neuromyelitis optica (NMO) had left her blind.

NMO, sometimes called Devic disease, is a rare, chronic autoimmune disorder of nerve tissue characterized by inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis) and inflammation of the spinal cord (myelitis) [SOURCE: thank you, NORD!].

Christina recently made a YouTube video letting people who love food know how they can participate in a fundraising event called Dining for NMO, which was on October 17, during Blindness Awareness Month.

Check back here at PW to find out how successful the day was!

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EmpatheticBadass is a young-at-heart writer from Ohio (Go, Bobcats & The Marching 110!)) who is passionate about being a voice for the patient perspective.

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