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.

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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To read more about the history of MSAA, please click here.


MSAA 50th anniversary benefit

MSAA’s 50th Anniversary Benefit

 

Due to the concerns associated with COVID-19, MSAA has decided to postpone the Improving Lives Benefit until Spring 2021.

For more information, contact Jennifer Gaynor at (800) 532-7667 ext. 161 or jgaynor@mymsaa.org.

 
 
 


Watch highlights from the 2019 Improving Lives Benefit:

#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 important to me to support and spread awareness for the MS community because I want to change lives. A few of my family members suffer from MS and I want to help people to better understand the disease and know they're not alone.” - #TeamMSAA runner, Vicki Rafferty for #MSAA50

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“Working on behalf of MS patients has been my best work experience and certainly the most rewarding one. It is them who teach us to live our Foundation’s motto…. "Embracing Life.” Congratulations MSAA for 50 years of supporting to improve the lives of these patients.” - Executive Director, Lourdes Fernandez of @femabrazando for #MSAA50

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"Caring for someone with MS daily is a journey that most won't understand until you've lived it...MSAA created a strong Black community to support Care Partners with resources and a platform to be heard. Thank you MSAA for creating a space for us to share our stories and supporting us along the way." - MS advocate and Care Partner, @kfos26 for #MSAA50

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"As a person with MS, I find it comforting to meet others who have the same diagnosis as me. When I was first diagnosed, connecting with other people who had MS gave me hope for the future. I've come to terms with the reality of being diagnosed with a chronic illness; life is never without its challenges.
I love rock climbing, but there have been times when I've doubted my abilities due to MS. Due to the support of friends and family, as well as pharmacologic interventions, I am able to keep climbing unhindered by symptoms. Supporting the MS community helps people like me have the courage to live life and keep climbing without fear." - @amanda_colette PT, DPT for #MSAA50

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“I know that things are going to be okay as long as I am with my family and my family is with me. Having this disease has changed my life in a way I could never have imagined. It has certainly given me a new perspective. I live a different life, but it is going to be okay.” - @superherocane for #MSAA50

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“I have battled with MS since 2010. Since then without medication, I've worked harder at keeping my health and nutrition intact to deal with it better. Know this -- You Can Do Anything & Nothing is Impossible." – Musician, Poet, & Dancer, Candace Giles for #MSAA50

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“No one should have to navigate such a complicated and unpredictable chronic illness like MS alone. They say knowledge is power and if I have the knowledge, I am more than happy to empower my fellow MS'r because I know they'll pass the understanding and hope along and that's what it's all about. We're all in this together.” - Cathy F. for #MSAA50

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"MS is like a dragon and the only way to slay it is by working together. We can't fight this fight without the people around us helping to keep us motivated, positive, and fulfilled." - MS blogger, @heart.hiccup for #MSAA50.

You can read Zivvy's latest blog posts by visiting www.millennialwithms.com. Additionally, you can find Zivvy streaming on Twitch by searching zivanea!

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