Friday, April 1, 2011

Join The Johnnie Walkers and Walk For MS Research on May 22nd

Anybody who steps foot into our house gets dragged downstairs to watch The Myelin Repair Foundation’s latest video: Making Connections for a Cure I’ve watched it a hundred times and I still get choked up…but not for the reasons you might think. The people with MS who are spotlighted are very compelling. I can relate to their overwhelming desire to get their lives back and walk their daughters down the aisle. However the part that gets to me is what Mike Gresser, MRF’s Chief Scientific Officer and Scott Cook, Co-Founder of Intuit and MRF Patron say. They both articulate that what the MRF is doing is a whole lot bigger than an individual, a specific disease or even a single noble cause. The Accelerated Research Collaborative model is the future of medical research--whether it is applied to MS therapies, other autoimmune diseases like Type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis or the goals of The American Cancer Society and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This is where, we, The Johnnie Walkers Team, want to spend our energies; raising awareness and funds to repair the damage caused by MS. Join us and be part of our team; walk and donate on Sunday, May 22nd in Lincolnshire. At 10:30 am we will start a 4 mile neighborhood walk, followed by an afternoon of camaraderie and a backyard BBQ. If you can’t make the trip join our group by donating online through ChipIn or by writing a check:
The Myelin Repair Foundation
c/o Bob Gregory
10 Londonderry Lane
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

It’s tax deductible!

Ask your friends to donate.

Every year I say there’s no way we can surpass last year’s numbers but this year I think we just might. The Village Club of Lincolnshire has selected MRF as the beneficiary of their philanthropic efforts and many of their members want to join our extremely loyal locals on the 22nd. More out of town people are saying this year they’re going to make it. Two of our rock star scientists, Drs. Steve Miller from Northwestern and Brian Popko from the University of Chicago and their families are returning. Our goal is to raise $30,000. If we exceed this goal, we are going to request that the incremental funds go to the collaborating scientists’ summer intern programs.

Thanks for your continued support!