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!

“As a writer, blogger, MS life coach, patient and advocate, I frequently count on the quality of information available through the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, #MSAA. Did you know they have a free cooling vest program?” - @girlwithms for Week Thirteen of #MSAA50 ...

"MSAA truly has the back of people with multiple sclerosis, providing critical assistance including free MRI scans, medical equipment, educational programming, and a helpline. It's a tremendous honor to serve on the Board of Directors of MSAA and advocate for those living with MS, including my own patients." - Barry Singer, MD, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, representing Week Twelve of #MSAA50. ...

"MSAA has been the organization that I relied on when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and they continue to be a source of information, and help.

As an artist, you hope that your work will be seen. Through their Art Showcase, MSAA helps me reach an audience that is near and dear to my heart, and I am thrilled to be in such great company!

I am grateful for their assistance to so many that need help with accessing MRIs, cooling vests, and other items you don’t know you will need until you need them. Multiple sclerosis can be an isolating and lonely disease; MSAA helps me feel less alone.

Everyone I have talked to at MSAA has been a great source of knowledge and kindness, I am forever grateful for this organization!” - @abstract_art_style representing Week Eleven of #MSAA50

“As a member of the Board of Directors of MSAA and a person with MS, I have seen the positive impact that MSAA and the staff have on the lives of people with MS and their care givers. Whether they provide cooling vests, access to equipment, MRI assistance, or valuable information, for 50 years, MSAA and its staff tirelessly work to improve our lives daily and help us face this mysterious disease. Thank you MSAA and staff and congratulations on this milestone.” - Ira Levee, representing Week Ten of #MSAA50 ...

“I support MSAA and the MS community for my mom, Elaine, diagnosed with MS in 2005. She loves to swim and so every other year we create a Swim for MS event in her honor to show her our love and support.” – @courtevers, representing Week Nine of #MSAA50 ...

“17 years ago multiple sclerosis launched its campaign to disable my body and diminish my mind. I worried about my marriage and my two young sons, my career and my dreams. I felt helpless as I lost control over my body and my health, and hopeless about my future.
But MSAA has given me back my hope-hope that my life will be as complete, if not more complete, in spite of living with MS. MSAA has given me opportunities to use my voice as a representative of and an advocate for the MS population, shifting the power back to me, NOT my MS.

The 3 men pictured have been my motivation to keep moving forward and MSAA has helped provide the resources for me to do that with optimism and purpose. By offering services, equipment, and information to help us overcome whatever limitations MS has tried to place on us, MSAA gives us ALL back some of the control MS has tried to take away. Empowerment and hope truly underlie all that MSAA does for the entire MS community.

It’s such an honor to work with everyone at MSAA in fulfilling their mission. Many thanks to the staff, executive board, board of trustees and all volunteers…what you do truly matters.” #50yearsofhope - Tammy Quasius representing Week Eight of #MSAA50

“I support and benefit from MSAA, because they give voice to those of us with MS where we can learn from each other. With MS Conversations and My MSAA Community, they provide forums that encourage connection, education and compassion while respecting our diverse abilities, views and experiences. My life with MS has been made significantly better with MSAA.” - @slprada for Week Seven of #MSAA50 ...

“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. ...