She was only 19 years old when she was diagnosed, and her diagnosis continues to be a daily challenge for her, my family, and myself.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system. MS often affects a person's vision, speech, their ability to walk, and numerous small motor functions. There are 2.3 million people worldwide currently diagnosed with MS, and about 200 people worldwide are diagnosed with MS on a weekly basis. Read more about MS at NMSS.org.
In 2002, my family decided that we needed to do something to help improve the lives of those affected by MS. We formed a non-profit organization and started a fundraiser called MaSquerade, and in our first year we raised $7,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To date, we have raised over $268,000 for MS research. Compared to many other fundraisers in the community, we are small. But we are mighty in our commitment to finding a cure and in our determination to grow MaSquerade into a force to be reckoned with in Tampa Bay.
We will continue to spread the word about MS, research, the National MS Society, and the dollars needed to find a cure. We are currently seeking corporate sponsorships to aid in our fundraising efforts. As a corporate sponsor, not only will you be participating in an evening of fun and entertainment, but you will also be aligning yourself with a wonderful cause that is working hard to find a cure for those who suffer from MS.
Thank you for your support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Co-Founder, MaSquerade of Tampa Bay, Inc.