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 Fund receives 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.
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.