Kim Johnson - Look out! Women on the Move

On Saturday, I was reminded of how real change happens. It starts with real people willing to give their time and their resources for a cause they believe in. It was an honor to emcee the 15th annual Women on the Move luncheon and fashion show. Proceeds benefit the National MS Society. Utah has one of the highest rates of MS in the country with one in 300 believed to be living with MS and two out of the three of those are women.

The women in attendance at the luncheon either are living in Multiple Sclerosis, support a loved one with MS or know the impact this disease has on our community. One of the women at the event was Ashley Kumlien. Ashley grew up well aware of the challenges of living with MS, since her mother Jill, was diagnosed shortly before Ashley was born. In 2009, Ashley established her own nonprofit organization, MS Run the US with the mission of raising awareness of MS and funds for MS research. In 2010, she ran 3,200 miles from San Francisco to New York City raising $56,000! Wow, what an accomplishment and example of how one person can make a meaningful contribution in the fight against a horrible disease.

Over the last 15 years, seven additional disease modifying therapies have been approved by the FDA. Breakthroughs in research and treatment happen not only because of the talents of doctors and scientists, or the funding from government, but when all of us ordinary folk decide we want to make change happen.

The Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter has a bold goal to raise $3.2 million for the MS NOW Research Campaign by 2016. They just passed the halfway mark last month. If you would like to contribute, click here.

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