My relationship with the National MS Society started when my Mom (pictured with me to the right) was diagnosed with MS when I was 10 years old. I vividly remember her showing me brochures from the Society explaining what MS is and the ways it could affect her health and our lives. From that point on, this organization has been close to my heart. Throughout my childhood, I participated in Read-a-Thons and Walks and attended family programs provided by the local chapter. A few years after starting my career in social work, I accepted a position at the Ohio Buckeye Chapter. After working there for four years, I had the opportunity to move to San Diego with the love of my life and as luck would have it, the local chapter was hiring an equivalent position and I got the job!
Eight years later, I am now the Director of Clinical Programs and Services. I plan educational programs such as the San Diego Symposium, I work with people with MS in both clinical and home settings, and I collaborate closely with community partners who provide care management and chore services. My current project is the Women’s Wellness Weekend, which is taking place September 16-18, 2011.
I am truly grateful that I am able to help out individuals and families the way that my family was helped by the National MS Society when I was younger. I feel lucky to be part of such a dedicated organization that has the common goal of creating a world free of MS. And if that means I’m out of a job one day, I’m more than okay with that!
Calling all women living with MS! Rediscover your inner strength at the Women’s Wellness Weekend. Enjoy a peaceful weekend by attending exciting seminars, making new friends, relaxing by the pool, and most of all, having fun. Learn more about this event in September.
Exciting news! The chapter is partnering with the folks at Competitor for the Rock ‘N’ Roll New Year’s Eve Half Marathon and have started the epic team (with some epic perks) MS Rockstars! Party like a rock star on New Year’s and help create a world free of MS. Get the lowdown.
Save the date! The MS Dinner Auction is celebrating it’s grand silver anniversary and this year’s event will be the best yet! Join hundreds of guests at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Saturday, November 19. Early bird special starts soon! Don’t miss out!
The National MS Society announced its plan to raise $215 million for research by 2015. This is the most aggressive fundraising effort for research ever by the organization. We are focusing on stopping the disease, restoring what’s been lost and ending MS forever. Become an MS Research