Winners of “With Heartfelt Thanks: Acknowledging Your Support System” Announced
March 21, 2013
We’ve been incredibly touched by the truly heartwarming letters we received for the “With Heartfelt Thanks: Acknowledging your Support System” initiative. All the stories and declarations of appreciation solidified our beliefs that having an empowered quality of life depends on a robust support system where family and friends are at the core.
As we read your letters, we were reminded that through your love, selfless commitment and dedication, companionship and physical and emotional support each and every day, the lives of those close to you who are living with MS are enriched, made more comfortable and more manageable.
Congratulations again to the 10 writers and those they acknowledged in their messages of thanks.
The following are excerpts from those letters.
“Since MS entered our life 25 years ago you have been my shield and my anchor. As we get older I love you more than ever.” – Lelah U. to her husband Ken (married 53 years)
“Ironically, MS has made us stronger instead of weaker. I look forward to the milestones in life and the continued support and love we give each other, but most importantly, I look forward to fighting MS with my partner in crime!”—Adrienne G. to her twin sister Ashley G. (both diagnosed with MS four years apart)
“I thank my family for being so caring and bringing me food and always walking the MS Walk with me.”—Anna D. to her family
“Thank you for joining forces, as my family, to make my life less stressful and more manageable. I really feel so blessed to have the selfless family that I have.” – Sue G. to her parents and sisters
“I would like to thank my god-child Bridget for caring and being there.” – Frank C. to his god-daughter Bridget
“Without you, my pills would always be late, my diet would be only cereal. Who would make me laugh so hard just making funny faces?! Thank you James for your endless help and bottomless love!” – Roberta C. to her husband James
“I just want to thank you for all you’ve done for me over the years. I don’t know where I’d be without you.” – Frank N. to his friend Kerry
“On behalf of my entire family I would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude for the care you provide to our sister Mamye each and every day. You care for her with a compassionate and sacrificial heart. Today she is happy and active thanks to you.”—Virginia G. to her sister’s companion Bob
“My two sons have been there every step of the way from slinging burgers at walk-a-thons, to cheering the riders at the bike a-thons, to helping to pick me up when I’ve fallen down. Thank you for always being there for me and God Bless you both!”—Larry R. to his sons Erik and Patrick
“It’s with heartfelt thanks that I write this letter. From the original symptoms almost 5 years ago, you’ve been amazing. I know you would both take it away if you could. While I wouldn’t consider you to be caregivers, I do consider you be givers of care, support and kickers in the butt when I need it.” Erica B. to her parents Neil and Jane
About the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.
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.