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.