The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation is dedicated to funding basic science research to find answers that will lead to the prevention, clinical treatment programs and a potential cure for Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Spectrum Disease.
The decision to create our Foundation came from a personal family crisis. Our daughter was officially diagnosed with NMO in June 2008. Since that time, we have met with many clinicians and researchers in order to understand what this means for our beautiful daughter and our family. Additionally, we have gathered and read every piece of information and NMO research article that is available on the Web. We are now beginning to understand that NMO is not only considered an “orphan” disease, but that very little research is available.
The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation is dedicated to funding biomedical research in the search to understand the pathophysiology and biochemistry of NMO Spectrum Disease. It is our greatest hope that together we will reverse the effects of NMO and eventually cure this disease.
Victoria Jackson and Bill Guthy, Founders
The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation
Having achieved success as a Hollywood makeup artist, cosmetics entrepreneur and TV infomercial pioneer, Victoria Jackson prefers to think of herself as “a goodwill ambassador for makeup.” When women embrace self-confidence, she says, they learn the key to success, and liking who they see in the mirror is a powerful first step in that transformative process.
“My personal philosophy has always been, ‘When you look better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you can change your life,’” says Jackson, who in the last dozen years has volunteered hundreds of hours at women’s correctional facilities, hospitals and youth support venues, teaching inner confidence through outer beauty.
A founding principal of Guthy-Renker – an infomercial studio that has since evolved into all forms of electronic retailing – Bill Guthy manages one of the world’s largest television response-driven marketing companies with sales of more than $1.5 Billion per year and an average annual growth rate of 25% over the last 10 years. Focused on finance and operations, Guthy is also personally responsible for sales and marketing efforts, ensuring that successful products promoted within the infomercial format broaden their reach into all channels of distribution. Along with his partners and executive management team, Guthy supervises the overall direction of the company, established in Palm Desert, California in 1988.