Saturday, June 28, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Why MS SoftServe Rocks


Coming soon to a computer near you - MS SoftServe! In the event that you haven’t heard about the amazing work my buddy Amy Gurowitz is doing, here goes. Amy is running things over at http://www.mssoftserve.org and you’ll really be impressed. This will be the first website of its kind. Unlike any existing site with information, this site will be a completely customizable- individualized space for people to learn what they want, when they want about their unique version of Multiple Sclerosis.

Without further ado…

Here are the top 5 reasons why MS SoftServe rocks:
  1. MS SoftServe will empower. After all, its main mission is to enable MSers to …”successfully cope with their disease through customized, online, active learning on a special website that meets their unique needs for learning.”
  2. MS SoftServe will allow folks to share. The site will serve as a space for MSers to teach others about their version of MS without unnecessary information. This is key, right? Since all of us MSers live with a varying version of MS.
  3. MS SoftServe is led by an amazing woman. Amy’s nature is to educate, soothe and speak to MSers with a compassionate voice, sprinkled with a bit of humor. She works tirelessly at MS SoftServe, to make life easier for those of us living with Multiple Sclerosis.
  4. MS SoftServe benefits from an esteemed Board of Directors. The Board is a group of doctors, bloggers, writers, web designers, software developers, educators, filmmakers, social workers and radio show hosts... All of whom care about, care for or are people living with MS.  Did you know that actor Robbie Benson is on the Board? Pretty cool.
  5. MS SoftServe will ultimately change how we learn about health on the web. We believe it will become a trusted resource for MSers. ‘Nuff said.

I’m on the Board of Directors for http://www.mssoftserve.org and you can imagine that we are all super excited to be a part of this landmark website. So, please join me in supporting MS SoftServe. Donate, Volunteer and/or Spread the word (here).

Oh, and do check out all of the videos – they’re very well done and you’ll meet everyone involved in this uber important project. 


Best always,

Christie

Monday, June 16, 2014

Made Strong

I recently met Dominick who is running things over at Made Strong, an apparel and accessories company with an empowering message. Not only are the shirts great, a portion of the proceeds goes towards our fight against Multiple Sclerosis. He jotted up the words below to describe Made Strong’s mission and inspiration. And, be sure to visit his shop (link below). I invited him to jot up a few words about Made Strong so be sure to have a read through his guest post below.  
Wearing my Made Strong bracelet during a ride - thanks!
(c) cgermans photography 2014
From Dominick, Made Strong, Inc.:
Though I don't have MS, the fight against it became a personal one. Here's why:
I was making designs for various causes and donating portions of the shirts sold to charity. I designed the Made Strong shirt for multiple sclerosis awareness. Soon after I started selling the shirt, I quickly became immersed in the MS community. I started hearing more and more stories of strong individuals who were battling MS. I became pretty close to some of my customers. I was incredibly grateful that this mantra could inspire someone in even the smallest way.
At the time, the name of the company was Nico Apparel but I changed it to Made Strong after receiving some really powerful messages from my customers.
I received a video from an individual with MS wearing a Made Strong sweatshirt. In the video she is walking with a cane for a few steps, she then drops the cane and continues to walk with no assistance. Another time, I got this email from a customer: "I choose to view life's challenges as opportunities. I let adversity strengthen my spirit. My body has gone through hell but my spirit is unbreakable. This is what Made Strong means to me."
video

I built madestrong.org to inspire individuals by selling cause focused apparel and accessories with inspiring messages. We spread awareness and we donate 10% of our profits to charity. So far we’ve donated just under $2.5K to the National MS Society and Race to Erase MS.
We are a customer obsessed little company. We do everything from customized apparel to helping people with medical bills. We’d love to have you be part of our little community…follow us on Facebook (Facebook.com/madestrongllc).
Stay strong.

Thanks Dominick - keep up the good fight! You rock. P.S. if you would like more info about Race to Erase MS, you can check them out (here) and (here). Race to Erase MS is doing fine work with their dedication to the treatment and eventual cure of Multiple Sclerosis. Thanks!

Best always,
Christie

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