Sep 17, 2012
Colts Neck – Krista Olsen-Dibisie of Colts Neck follows in her father’s footsteps by continuing the family tradition of giving back to local community. For as long as she can remember, her father always taught her to “give back.” He launched their family’s foundation that she became very involved in. In 2007, Krista co-founded The Beauty Foundation for Cancer Care, which is now a 501(c)3 organization and has grown to 11 Board members. The Beauty Foundation directly helps families going through cancer treatment. Krista is very proud of the foundation and she chairs their biggest annual fundraiser, “The Beauty Ball.” She is also involved with many other organizations and charity events in Monmouth County.
It was around 2007 that Krista also became involved with this annual luncheon for the MS Society and has been involved ever since. Her mother was diagnosed with MS when Krista was 10 years old (her mother was then 36). Over the next 27 years, Krista learned a lot about MS and helped her mother deal with it first-hand. Brenda passed away in 2011, just shy of her 63rd birthday, due to complications from her MS that had rapidly progressed in the past 8 years. The MS Society was a source of support to her mother that Krista is very thankful for. And, after visiting Kershaw Commons, the Freehold residence for people living with the disease, Krista says she “wishes she could have had a place like that for her mother to live.”
On September 20, at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park the National MS Society New Jersey Metro Chapter will honor Krista for all she does to help people in need and her generous support of the National MS Society and all those living with multiple sclerosis. This year’s On the Move event will celebrate it’s 12th anniversary and hopes to raise more than $100,000 for programs and services for those affected by multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.
We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
For more information, contact the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society at: 732.660.1005 or online at www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM.