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Portland Native Sails in Memory of Dad with MS

August 1, 2014

George Anderson

Andrew Tisdale of London grew up in Portland, ME, “…the western prom, went to grade schools that are now condominiums, I believe!”

After college, he went to New York City, then London to make his living in finance.  But, his heart was never far from Maine. His mother and stepfather still lived there, so he bought a home in Camden where he spends his summers.

To say his stepfather George Anderson was special to Tisdale would be an understatement.

“He came into my life when I was about 13. My mother had 5 sons from her first marriage…so he was walking into a busy household!”

Anderson was also living with multiple sclerosis. Tisdale said his stepdad never complained about the disease that slowly reduced his mobility. George Anderson passed away in 2009.

On August 16th, Tisdale will sail his boat, Prevail, a 65’ custom design by Bill Tripp and built in Maine, in the MS Harborfest Regatta. He’ll be sailing in honor of his stepfather. He’ll also be raising money for the National MS Society in the hopes of finding a cure for the disease that touched his family.

Tisdale’s goal is to raise $20,000. If all the skippers combined raise $50,000, Kitt Watson of The Arthur K. Watson Family and Team Too Elusive will match that with another $50,000, for a total of $100,000.

“The match is fantastic,” said Sue Tidd, ME Director of Development for the National MS Society. “We are very grateful to Kitt for his incredible generosity, and hope it challenges our skippers to make this the best year yet for fundraising.”

As Tisdale skippers the boat, he said he’ll be thinking of the man who so affected his life.

“He loved Portland. He loved working in the old port, living in the west end and he also loved the view from the eastern prom. He had a painting of the view… in his house and as the race will be in that area, I will probably just be thinking about how much he would have enjoyed being here to see it all.”

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About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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