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Hayley’s Hope & Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund

In July 2007, after the tragic loss of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela, the Petit family established the Hayley’s Hope & Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund. The Petit women, who were beloved members of the Connecticut Chapter family, had been instrumental in helping to raise awareness and funds in the fight against multiple sclerosis. They were among our strongest fundraisers and most tireless volunteers.

Hayley captained the Walk MS Team Hayley’s Hope and had been named a top fundraiser multiple years. Hayley had planned to attend Dartmouth College in the fall of 2007, and, consequently, Michaela was already preparing to step into her big sister's shoes to head up her own walk team, Michaela's Miracle.

The locally-restricted memorial endowment fund continues their work, providing for the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents and their families living with MS. The interest and income from the fund makes available scholarships for college freshman who either have multiple sclerosis or have a parent with MS. The memorial fund also provides for family educational programs and programs and services related to pediatric multiple sclerosis.

The Hayley’s Hope & Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fundreceives contributions from individual donors, walk MS and bike MS teams and those in communities across Connecticut organizing events to raise money specifically for the fund – people eager keep the memory of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela alive and equally fervent to continue their work to create a world free of MS.

The Petit family and the Connecticut Chapter thank the many communities state-wide for the overwhelming support and the gracious contributions made to the fund to keep the work of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela alive.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the National MS Society at 860.913.2550.

Make a Donation

Make your donation to the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund online using our secure Web site, or please contact us at 860.913.2550 to make a donation by phone.

Donate Your Car

Thank you for selecting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for your vehicle donation. This program allows individuals and organizations to donate their unwanted vehicles to help those with multiple sclerosis.

We accept cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats. We also accept recreational vehicles upon inspection. So help us drive MS to extinction by making your donation today. E-mail Kerrian James or call 860.913.2550, ext. 52588.

Frequently Asked Questions

My car is not running; can I still donate it?
Yes, we accept all cars and trucks, all that we ask is that you are honest about the condition of your car. This helps us avoid losing money on your vehicle.

Why can't you take all boats and RVs?
While we would love to take everything, the vehicles that are primarily fiberglass or wood are not easily recycled and often cost us money to dispose of. They need to have some salvageable quality.

I do not have a title for my vehicle; can I still donate?
Unfortunately, we are not allowed, by law, to take vehicles without titles. Many Motor Vehicle Administrations will print you a duplicate title for a minimal charge. This includes lien releases, which should accompany your title. We can help you acquire lien releases and titles.

How long does it take to have my car towed?
Typically, once all the information has been received, your car will be towed in five to 10 business days. We are willing to work with you on special situations.

My car is in another state; can I still donate?
Yes, The MS Auto Donor Program will handle your donation nationwide.

When will I get my receipt?
Receipts are sent within about two months after your car has been towed. The National MS Society places no values on vehicles.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
The National MS Society is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation, so your donation may be tax-deductible. Since each case is different, donors should always contact a tax specialist.

Do the proceeds really go to help those with MS?
Yes. Because the program is run solely by the National MS Society, there are no private contractors to pay. Expenses for the program include advertising, administration, towing and auction fees. The remainder is used for local programs and national/local research. A copy of our annual report can be sent when requested.

Can I help with the towing expense?
Yes, we appreciate towing donations and your donation is tax-deductible as well.

What do I do with my title?
When the towing company comes to pick up your car, give the title and keys to them and they will pass them along to us. Please just sign and date the title.

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