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Up Front

By Douglas G. Franklin
MSAA President and CEO

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Douglas G. Franklin

The recent months have been busy at MSAA, starting with an excellent fundraising event with Riley Cote, professional hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers. Riley shares a special connection with the multiple sclerosis community - his sister Jaime has MS. With a genuine desire to help and raise awareness for those with MS, Riley and his wife Holly hosted the First Annual Cote Carnival this past August at Swanky Bubbles, a Philadelphia-area restaurant. This event received overwhelming support from both the local community and the Flyers' family. Countless items were donated for raffles and auctions and more than 300 people attended, generating $18,000 for MSAA's programs and services. Fundraisers like this one are important in helping to support MSAA's mission.

The end of September saw our Board meetings coincide with a President's Circle reception honoring donors at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. More than 60 people were in attendance to receive recognition for their financial support of MSAA. Numerous local volunteers were also honored at this event for their time and dedication spent helping MSAA to fulfill its mission. This Board meeting was the last for Paul Favorite, who completed his final term as a member (nine years total). Paul has been a wonderful source of support for MSAA over the years and his strong focus on supporting programs and services was wonderful to see. He will be missed.

After considerable revisions and a new design, our MSAA programs and services booklet, Solutions for Wellness is now available for distribution. Readers may discover all MSAA does to help improve the quality of life for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. In other public education news, MSAA received two APEX Awards (one for The Motivator and one for our web video series A Closer Look) as well as three National Health Information Awards for The Motivator. All of MSAA's publications and educational videos can be found on our website at www.mymsaa.org

Good news continues from the MS Coalition (MSC) as we received word from the Public Policy Office of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) that the area of research for multiple sclerosis has been awarded $5 million within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). This highlights the power of advocacy and the influence of a collaborative grass roots campaign. MSAA will again represent the MSC at the Federal Activism Council meetings in November.

Finally as we enter into the year's end, we thank everyone who has helped in so many ways to make MSAA what it is today. It is truly a team effort, and the many partnerships we enjoy are just a blessing in every sense of the word. Thank you so much!

Doug Franklin joined MSAA as President & CEO in 1999. He has a distinguished career in nonprofit leadership and is a former national trainer in strategic planning for the Peter Drucker Foundation. A published international expert in social marketing and corporate social investment, he is a graduate of four universities. He currently serves on the National Board of the Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee of the American Society of Association Executives; on the Executive Committee of Health First -America's Charities Board in Washington, DC; and as President of the Multiple Sclerosis Coalition.

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