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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Becca Cudmore on Dec. 19, 2022, at the age of 32 due to complications of autoimmune encephalitis.
As a young woman Becca’s passion for the natural world and creative thinking matured into a career dedicated to the communication of scientific research to the general public.
While enrolled in a PhD program in 2019, Becca began showing unexplained psychiatric and neurological symptoms. After extensive testing at Oregon Health Science University, it became clear that Becca had a rare and recently discovered disease called autoimmune encephalitis https://aealliance.org/, which she battled bravely for nearly two years. The disease ultimately robbed her of the art and skill of communication, the ability to walk and to live independently – before finally taking her from us.
Donations in Becca’s honor can be made to her family and friends’ efforts to fund educational tools for medical and mental health providers regarding autoimmune encephalitis. To contribute: https://gofund.me/3a445929