On behalf of Dr. Awesome, thanks for the plug Ess :-)
This is a good time of year to to think about gifts other than those that go under the tree. We here have a ready made cause and the organizations Ess mentioned are truly worthy.
I'll find the time to have a look at Wheelchair Kamikaze latest blog, he often writes great stuff. Thank you!
Ho ho ho..........JJ
Thanks, Ess. Both of these are excellent organizations and working at the problems of MS from different directions. I have supported both of these in a small financial way each year, knowing that if each of us give a little, it can add up to a lot.
I started giving to them a few years ago when our extended family decided instead of buying gifts for each other that we really don't need all of us pick a charity or two and send them a contribution. It is a fun and meaningful way to give - my parents give in all of our names to a group that helps food banks. My husband, who has a fondness for food, also gives to the local food bank. We share with each other the name of the group(s) we gave to and why we picked them. It is always of interest to hear their picks - they have ranged from animal shelters to shoes for children. :-)
Recently I was named to a patient advisory board with the Accelerated Cure Project and participated in a successful grant application to PCORI. Watch for more news as to how you can get involved with this research. http://bit.ly/1icSVGS
Thanks again, Ess, for this suggestion.
happy holidays! Laura
Thank you Ess for the information. It's definitely something I like to do every year particularly around Christmas time. I have heard of the wheelchair kamikaze before but I had forgotten about him....not unusual for me these days. :-)
Have a good one.
Also, for anyone who lives in a city where there's a repository site for Accelerated Cure, or, if you'll be visiting one, please consider participating in this important project. All it requires is completion of a questionnaire (ok, a really loooong questionnaire) and giving up several vials of blood. There are no repository sites in Canada but I was able to participate a few years back when I was visiting NYC. Also, FYI for Canadians, if you contribute financially, you arent eligible for a tax receipt, but hopefully that does not stop you from donating.
Thanks for posting Ess, this is great info for our new members.
DV- My MS Day Spa is an AC site. They have many samples of my blood and CSF :-) I agree that it is a worthy effort!
Kyle - I know! That's where I went! :)
I have been following the Wheelchair Kamikaze since I was diagnosed and he is pretty awesome.
Great post, thanks for sharing!