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Hesitant to Donate? Meet the Person You’ll Help

Get to know the people who will benefit from your donation
Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by MS HOPE Staff
Category: About MS HOPE Foundation, Managing MS, MS Activism, MS Awareness

picture of name tag - donate articleWhen you donate to a charity, do you wonder where your money goes? Sure, you can go to events at restaurants that do fundraisers, as well as galas, dances, etc., and give your money never to hear of it again. There’s no follow-up, aside from a grand total announcement that may or may not be on a large cheque that a company executive is proudly holding. We get it. That’s why we want to introduce you to the people you’re helping, and make sure you know that 100% of your money goes directly to assisting people with MS.

MS HOPE’s mission is to make sure everyone with multiple sclerosis (MS) is able to afford the care and resources they need to manage their disease and live comfortably. In order to do that, we rely on donations from kind, generous people like you.

The best thing about our organization – and what sets us apart from most other, larger ones – is that 100% of the funds we receive go directly to helping someone with MS. When a person applies to us for financial assistance, we cover whatever they need in full. It’s that simple.

We hope that by sharing our applicants’ stories, we can garner support – financial and otherwise – for our applicants, and all MSers.

Today we’re sharing L’s story. L is applying for a ceiling lift, which would allow her to move around her home MUCH more easily. Here’s what she told us:

Having MS for the past 25 years, I have had to make a lot of changes and adjustments over the years. From unsteady walking, to walking with a cane, to walking with a walker, to using a power wheelchair full-time for the last four years, my independence has been greatly reduced. The ceiling-lift system will help me regain some independence. However, the most important thing is that it will safely transfer me in and out of bed, on and off the toilet, in and out of the shower, and it will transfer me in and out of my wheelchair without the risk of falling. I have fallen numerous times in the last three months and it’s become one of my greatest fears. Having this system would mean the world to me. It would keep me safe and give me back some of my independence. I would greatly appreciate any financial help offered toward this system.

In speaking to L further we learned that she lives in an apartment attached to her parents’ house and had all the walls removed in order to make it easier to get around in her wheelchair. Her parents are able to help her to an extent, but it takes her three hours just to shower. If she falls, they have to call 911 for help getting her up (and medical attention if she’s injured). Cigna, her health insurance carrier, won’t cover this expense because it’s “not medically necessary.” But as you can see, it is very necessary.

Please consider making a donation to help us get this life-changing device for L. Please share this post and ask friends and family to donate and spread the word. Together we can make a HUGE difference in L’s life.

To make a donation, click here.

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