Welcome to a special edition of the Breakthrough MS® Quarterly Update looking back on two years of life-changing MS breakthroughs accomplished through the commitment and generosity of donors like you. The $371 Million raised to date through the Society’s $1 Billion Breakthrough MS Campaign has expanded our impact on the lives of people affected by MS in new and exciting ways, and we are counting on your continued partnership to extend our impact even further as we pursue our critical FY 2019–2021 Strategic Plan goals.
While executing a campaign the size and comprehensive scope of Breakthrough MS has been an ambitious endeavor, it has already inspired significant gifts from those who want to make a transformational impact—more than ever before in our history. Since the launch of Breakthrough MS, we’ve received eight gifts over $1 Million each, including the Society’s first eight-figure gift! These trailblazing gifts support a variety of breakthroughs, including the personalized support and solutions that people affected by MS receive through our nationwide MS Navigator® program and new insights into progressive MS solutions.
The generosity and confidence demonstrated by these and all our donors fuels my passion and resolve that we will reach our goals and one day end MS. As Joan Rubschlager shares her and her husband Paul’s motivation to give one of these transformational gifts to MS research, “We believe that someone, sometime is going to unlock a piece of knowledge that will then help end MS and the host of other neurological diseases that impede so many lives.” Joan adds, “Gifts large and small are important, working together for the cure.”
I hope you are proud of the progress we’ve made, because we couldn’t have done it without you. And now, we will need your help once again to reach our $1 Billion goal and realize our transformative impact goals by 2021:
Together we have made incredible progress in the areas of services, advocacy, research and awareness in just two short years and I am pleased to share our impact in this important Quarterly Update issue. I hope you feel as proud and inspired as I do to keep pushing forward to transform what it means to live with MS, and this means we must move quickly to reach our $1 Billion goal!
Thank you for fueling a whole new year of breakthroughs.