Jane and Doug Jacobson have never been slow to commit. They were engaged three weeks after meeting in college (he crashed a fraternity party she was attending) and married five months later. Forty-five years, two children and seven grandchildren later, they have been quick to make other commitments along the way, including to the MS Movement. Most recently the Jacobsons made a $25,000 commitment to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s NOW Research campaign.
“Just in the last year and a half, I have seen the pool of information MS researchers have gathered grow at an amazing rate,” said Jane, who was diagnosed in 1987. “How could we NOT make a commitment?”
The couple are dedicated supporters of the MS Movement, but not solely because of Jane’s MS diagnosis. The former math teacher says it is the sense of purpose that grew out of her involvement with the Society that keeps her and her husband involved in a variety of ways.
Helping Others with MS
Jane is involved in the Society’s program that awards scholarships to selected college students, both nationally and locally in Wisconsin, and on the committee that organizes local events to raise research funds. She speaks to community groups on behalf of the Society, and has participated in both the Society’s National Leadership Conference and the Public Policy Conference.
Recently, Jane traveled to New York City to observe the Society’s Research Programs Advisory Committee, a panel of the world’s leading MS researchers who make recommendations on research direction including which new research grant proposals to fund in the next year.
Doug, who owns his own private-label packaging, fulfillment and distribution company, has written two historical fiction books and donated their proceeds to the Society.
“Doug and I are blessed,” Jane says. “Yes, we are touched by MS, but I will not let my own MS be the center of my life. We want to be part of the solution.”