Robert and Donna met in the early 80’s playing music in San Jose. Despite being diagnosed with MS at age 17, Donna’s band, Chosen Few, was one of the top bands in the area and each Sunday afternoon she hosted the biggest jam session in the South Bay. Years later, when MS was negatively affecting her life, she thought not of herself but others, and committed to putting on a jam session to raise money for the National MS Society. “At this time her health was failing her but she would never think of herself- she was always thinking of helping others,” said Robert, looking back on that time.
Donna and Robert’s connection to the Society and others living with MS has made a meaningful difference in their lives. “When she passed away, I thought that I could not continue with the idea, but with help from my daughter and friends, we were able to see it through,” said Robert. On July 7, 2013, Robert held a jam session in Donna’s honor at the Mavericks Club in Santa Rosa “I would have to say the highlight of the event was to see how many friends and family came to support the cause,” said Robert. “It was a family event and everyone seemed to have a great time.” The event raised $2,333 to help create a world free of MS. “Just wish Donna could have been there.”