The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation was established in April 2011 as a Fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties.We are part of a non-profit organization created as a means to fund research for Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), vascular malformations of the brain.

Three years ago, family and friends came together to ensure that no other family should suffer such a loss. With more than 300,000 people affected by AVM and very little research being conducted, something had to be done.

The Foundation proudly funds clinical and basic science research programs at The University of California, San Francisco Center for Cerebrovascular Research. The research team investigates the formation and progression of AVM to develop specific therapies that will improve patients’ lives and help guide research progress.  The ultimate goal is to find a cure.

As of July 1, 2016, The Michael Ryan Zodda Foundation has funded UCSF with $80,000. Our goal is to fund more to research as we grow. The UCSF Research Team has written 4 papers that appear in The Stroke Journal of The American Heart Association. Our Foundation is acknowledged for our funding support.

We are able to fund the research through our fundraising events and your generous donations.  Our mission is to continue to grow and raise more funds to support AVM research.

One life lost is one too many.