On March 30th, we held our third annual Improving Lives Benefit in Philadelphia, PA. The proceeds of this event benefit the multiple sclerosis community through the programs and services we provide.
(Pictured above from left: MSAA Board Chair James Anderson, Honoree Susan Russo, Honoree Douglas Franklin, and MSAA President & CEO Gina Murdoch)
We want to truly thank you for your contribution this year – your support and generosity are crucial to our mission of Improving Lives Today. With the help of supporters like you, MSAA was able to raise more than $130,000 – which will make a tremendous difference in the lives of numerous individuals and families with MS.
If you live along the east coast, like most of us do here at MSAA, signs of spring are showing. We have battled another harsh New England winter and are looking forward to the first signs of spring. Spring has always been my favorite time of year; to me spring flowers represent resiliency. The tiny buds fought the tough winter to show their beauty to the world once again.
“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going”. — Yasmin Mogahed
Having a diagnosis such as MS can inspire and drive an individual to find the resiliency that is buried within. For those with Relapsing Remitting MS, the ebb and flow of life between relapses is proof of the resiliency that exists. For those with more progressive forms of MS such as Secondary Progressive MS or Primary Progressive MS, the daily adaptation and adjustment to a new lifestyle is also proof that resiliency exists. Recognizing and acknowledging that change isn’t always a bad thing and learning to be OK with the new normal is also proof that resiliency exists in MS.
Share the ways you have remained resilient with MS in the comments below.
MSAA is very proud to present our 2016-17 Art Showcase – celebrating the work of artists affected by MS.
We have received many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share their work and their stories with you. Please visit our online gallery to view all of the new submissions.
April Artist of the Month: Debra Robert – Lake Worth, FL Constellation des Colores
About the Artist: “I have been painting for over 25 years. I have a BA in theatre arts and an MFA in film producing. My career has taken me around the world, working in live events/concerts/conferences for over 20 years.
Now diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), I had to retire from my exciting, vibrant career. I am determined to put my energy into art full-time, surrounding myself in a world of color and light. I pull my inspiration from years of the lighting design, sounds and imaginative shapes from live performance production.” Read more