MSAA’s 50th Anniversary

MSAA 50th Anniversary logoFounded in 1970, MSAA is marking its 50th anniversary in 2020 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the multiple sclerosis community and Improving Lives Today through vital services and support. Please join us in honoring this milestone by participating in these special 50th anniversary initiatives and events.

First, we’d like to share…

MSAA 50/50 Challenge

To help mark our 50th anniversary, MSAA developed two 50-word “Word Clouds” from your collective feedback and will feature them in print and online promotions throughout 2020. They are:

The Improving Lives Today Word Cloud

Improving Lives Today Word Cloud

This word cloud features 50 words that reflect your collective experiences with MSAA and completes the statement: “I find MSAA to be…”
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The Building Up Hope Word Cloud

Building Up Hope Word Cloud

This word cloud features 50 words of strength and unity for the MS community and completes the statement: “I find the key to thriving despite my MS is…”
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MSAA 50th anniversary benefit

MSAA’s 50th Anniversary Benefit

Please join us for an inspiring and memorable evening, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and special concert by legendary rock supergroup The Hit Men, along with a program presentation where we will honor the accomplishments of MSAA champions in the MS community, while raising funds to support our free, vital programs and services. Learn more.

2020 Improving Lives Benefit

Saturday, April 4, 2020
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Jersey City
2 Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Watch highlights from the 2019 Improving Lives Benefit:

A Message from Lee Shapiro, Founder and Keyboardist for The Hit Men:

The Hit Men at the 2020 Improving Lives Benefit

Lee Shapiro, Founder and Keyboardist for the legendary rock supergroup, The Hit Men, has MS. But, he doesn’t let MS stop him from sharing his musical talents! Join Lee and the rest of the Hit Men on April 4, 2020 for MSAA’s Improving Lives Benefit! Tickets are available for purchase here:

Posted by Multiple Sclerosis Association of America on Friday, November 15, 2019

#MSAA50 on Instagram

MSAA is planning to post 50 photos of our clients in 50 weeks on social media to recognize our 50th anniversary! We invite you to join in – share a photo of yourself along with a caption that explains why you support MSAA and the MS community and tag us using #MSAA50. Who knows, you may be highlighted on MSAA’s social media platforms!

“It’s so great to know there is a wonderful organization out there like MSAA. They offer support and the sense of community to those affected by MS and to those who are close to them. I am really involved with their “Artists with MS” online gallery, and the positive feedback and recognition they’ve given me are very welcome “shots in the arm.” On days when I am feeling a little blue, it’s really nice to realize I can still make a difference. MSAA provides that – thank you for reminding me!” - David Desjardins, representing week six of #MSAA50. ...

“Celebrating my powerful, resilient, wise, resourceful, kind, strong, intelligent, bold, passionate, hardworking, generous mom! I love your guts. You inspire me to fight my own battles. Keep kicking multiple sclerosis’s butt. You’ve got so much more left QUEEN. YOU ARE STRONG. I support MSAA because their amazing team works endlessly to help mom’s and families like mine impacted by multiple sclerosis. Thank you for being on the frontline and happy 50th anniversary!!” - @carlymoffa for week five of #MSAA50
Photo credit: @alyssaleedesigns

“As someone who has been living with MS for 20 years, I can tell you it’s a constant battle. We MS Warriors need everything we can get our hands on to have in our arsenal to fight this disease. And MSAA aims to help suit us up with armor!

Over the years, MSAA has helped me in so many areas. I got a cooling vest through their cooling program to help me survive hot & humid Texas weather which I used for nearly 10 years! I know I’m always getting the latest info on research, medications, treatments & programs from their magazine, The Motivator.

Most importantly, I became so inspired by the online annual MSAA Art Showcases that I actually got the courage to try my hand at art despite not being able to hold a paintbrush due to my MS & despite never having trained as an artist. At the time, I could no longer earn my living as a writer anymore due to my MS symptoms & I was rather lost about what to do with my life. My art now IS my life. And I don’t think I would have ever dipped my fingers into paint had I not been inspired by other artists with MS or seen my work featured on their online Art Showcase, which then gave me the courage to really pursue being an artist.

They care deeply about those suffering from MS, our families & our caregivers. They help keep #mswarriors strong. I’m eternally grateful for all that they do.

Happy 50th to everyone at MSAA! I raise my glass to you all!” - @shana_stern_studio #MSAA50

Representing week three of #MSAA50 is @damianwashington. “No one knows what a person with MS is going through quite like another person with MS. Even if the symptoms aren’t similar, the invisible adversary is the same. I make online video and content that supports the MS community because I understand the isolation that can accompany the disease. My channel is here to give folks with MS the info they want and the good spirits they need." ...

Representing week two of #MSAA50 are @digmannd! “As a married couple of nearly 15 years and two people who each have lived with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, we are heavily involved as MS activists, motivational speakers and writers on national sites and our blog, A Couple Takes on MS. Through our personal experiences and connections with the MS community, we know far too well that this has the potential to be a very isolating disease. That’s why we are grateful for the continued and dependable support that the MSAA offers us and the nearly 1 million other Americans who are living with MS. The MSAA’s services and support, such as its cooling products and MRI Access Fund, are invaluable resources that help to remind us and countless others living with MS that we aren’t facing this disease alone. For this we forever are grateful and congratulate the MSAA on 50 years." ...

To recognize our 50th Anniversary, we'll be posting 50 photos of our clients in 50 weeks on social media! We invite you to join in – share a photo of yourself along with a caption that explains why you support MSAA and the MS community and tag us using #MSAA50. Who knows, you may be highlighted on MSAA’s social media platforms!

Representing week one of the campaign is @cathsie! "I support MSAA as a patient, patient leader, speaker, and MS advocate because of their commitment to improving lives by offering important and well-respected resources that will benefit the MS community and their loved ones." #MSAA50