Saturday, March 13, 2010

MS Walk: why we PUSH, ROLL and even WALK

We are not fundraising gurus, just one family living with Multiple Sclerosis for a little over 20 years.

MS Walk or Walk MS, has become the flagship event both for fundraising and Multiple Sclerosis awareness in most communities.

On a best of possible MS Walk days we find ourselves enjoying several hours among others like us and unlike us, such is Multiple Sclerosis.

In the early years, hope burned like a wildfire consuming everything. Fighting MS was all that mattered.

As the years rolled by, that fire of hope continues to burn just more focused. “Living with MS” and quality of life now dominate.

Likewise “why fundraising” shifts with each person living with MS. For many it is about research for a cure. For many it is about help with getting through the day.

There are both reasons to help and excuses in the best of times and the worst of times. While there are valid questions about charitable fundraising, in general, waterboarding munchkin sized peddlers of Girl Scout cookies is hardly necessary. … and yes there a many causes competing for help.

What I do know is that for a few hours on one day a year we can participate in something where ‘living with Multiple Sclerosis’ is not the exception. Plus Patti’s freedom of mobility, our wheelchair accessible van, has benefited from MS fundraising.

We invite you to join us on April 18th at Hershey, PA. Clicking the link below opens “Patti’s Pride” team page, where you can visit her team, join and/or donate. 

If not here, you can still form or join a team, be an individual walker, find someone to sponsor, or simply volunteer to help with a Walk in your own community.

In USA locate a chapter 
In Canada please consult Division home pages
                SVP voir les pages web des Divisions 

MS Walk: why we PUSH, ROLL and even WALK (30 sec)

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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