Name: Michael Gerber
Diagnosed: April 2004
Occupation: Retired mortgage bank branch manager
Hobbies: Traveling, art, theater, but mostly, being with Gail, my wife and carepartner.
What movement means to me: Participating. Whatever physical ability you have or don’t have, we all have some ability to make a difference. I was a runner, but not being able to run anymore doesn’t keep me out of the race.
One thing I’ve learned about living with MS that I want to tell you: So often, people with a disability gain a perspective that they didn’t have. I believe everything in life happens for a reason, and maybe the reason I have MS is that I have a perspective I can communicate to other people. I express more gratitude than I used to. Gratitude is the key to being happy, and I’m a happy guy.
What I’ve done to Join the Movement: We started a Walk MS team called the Jiggywiggits (based on my mispronouncing the lyric “jiggy with it” when I do my happy dance). I also do a lot of public speaking.
Royalty I get every year for having one line on the ‘70s sitcom Soap: $20
What I’m doing: Expanding the Jiggywiggits to boost donations from $35,000 to $50,000.