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!


“Knowing what they [people with MS] are going through makes me want to do everything in my power to help. I believe that as independent content creators, we have to be willing to use our voices to help those in need.” - MS fundraising streamer, @bonks_nordic_ for #MSAA50

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“You must be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Gandhi

“This is why I support MSAA, diagnosed in 2013 I have seen the change that they make in the world of individuals living with MS. They offer community, hope, and education when it is so needed.” - Art Showcase participant, Jennifer Reida @nativehrtstudio for #MSAA50


[ID: A self-portrait drawn by Art Showcase participant, Jennifer Reida. The image is surrounded by a blue border with MSAA's logo in the bottom right corner.]
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“I’ve been living with MS since 2002. My husband has been living with MS since 2009. We both support MSAA because they spread amazing information, community love, and their programs reach out to non-MSers to advocate for our needs. It’s a needed resource and we’re fortunate to have it our lives.” - MSAA Art Showcase participant, @lesliepinodurant.art for #MSAA50

[ID: A selfie of MSAA Art Showcase participant, Leslie Pino Durant with some of her paint brushes. The image also has a blue border and MSAA’s logo in the bottom right corner.]
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“People with MS and their caregivers hope to know that it is going to be okay. MSAA provides that hope. It is such a privilege to be a part of this amazing organization that improves lives every day.” - MS advocate, Michael Hoffman for #MSAA50

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“My quote is from Confucius... ‘It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.’” - MSAA Art Showcase participant, Kim Standard for #MSAA50. Kim also shared an additional quote, “Never give up, it could be worse.”

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“Don’t ever let MS overtake you. It is nothing more than a blip on your life’s radar. The glorious blue sky ahead is meant for you to fly. And fly, you shall.” - Art Showcase participant, Susan Russo for #MSAA50

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"Having MS can be an isolating experience in a time when social distancing is the norm! Now is a time when people with MS need support! Reach out to your friend that has MS. If you have MS ask for safe socialization: meet in outdoor places with masks, on zoom platforms, and have long phone conversations." – Amanda “Iris” Vercoe RN, MSCN, BSN, CNRN for #MSAA50

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"Soon after my diagnosis, my old clinical instructor inspired me to reach out to others in this amazing community. I remember the exact words that I needed to hear: 'The way that you’ve changed; the way you’ve gotten things under control; You should share it with others because what you've done is very inspirational. I’m very proud of you, from where you’ve come to where you are. You don’t seem at all defeated by this diagnosis, & that’s admirable.' He made me realize I have the ability to bring awareness to this community and to reach out to others and help them be just as undefeated.

As a fitness enthusiast and physical therapist with MS, I love that I can share my story with my community. Sharing my fight against MS as a healthcare provider brings a different perspective. My goal is to help as many people as I can to gain the courage to share their story. It might be the very thing someone else needs to heal and open their heart. I want to be the reason someone feels seen, heard, valued and supported. I genuinely love hearing about every unique story others have shared. The openness, the raw vulnerability has helped me, so I hope I can do what Dr. Clayborne did for me and inspire others.” - Dara S. Gill, PT, DPT for #MSAA50 @dr.dsimone

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