Starting off as a volunteer, Michelle first joined the Overcoming MS team to support our fundraising team. But inspired by the stories of hope from the Overcoming MS community she was keen to get more involved and is now our Interim Fundraising Lead. Michelle shares how the community has inspired her and how you can make a difference to people living with MS this Giving Tuesday.
Will you join her in Giving Hope this Giving Tuesday?
There are two easy ways to do this.
- You can click here to donate to Overcoming MS via Just Giving. All donations have 0% fees via this link, which means 100% of every donation goes to Overcoming MS.
- You can use Amazon Smile to do your usual Christmas shopping, raising funds for free by selecting Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis as your chosen charity. Find out more about AmazonSmile here.
Inspired by the Overcoming MS community
I’ve been struck by the strength and generosity of the Overcoming MS community. Since getting involved as a volunteer last month, it’s been inspiring to meet and talk with people who have found ways to make changes to their lifestyle to help them live well with MS.
It's been so uplifting to hear about all the OMSers who have gone to such great lengths to support others living with MS over the past decade, as the charity celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. I’m in awe of the creativity and resilience supporters have shown from running marathons across the Sahara and all over the world, to a wakeboarding world record attempt. Art shows, bike raffles, picnics, birthday fundraisers on Facebook - you name it, someone’s done it and everything in between. It’s this amazing determination to make a difference for other people with MS that gives me faith in human nature.
You can make a difference to people living with MS
I’m also struck by the difference it makes when people share their own stories about how they are leading full and healthy lives with MS. It also surprised me to learn more about some of the MS symptoms which I don’t think are understood by society at large. In the past month, I’ve heard from many of the community about how life-changing it was when they discovered the Overcoming MS Program. But it seems too often that their discovery of the program comes down to chance.
Imagine what a difference we could make if more people who are newly diagnosed with MS got to have that reassurance, knowing that there are lifestyle choices you can make, to take back control and to help yourself to live well again. Especially in those early days that follow a diagnosis, believing that there is always hope is critical.
Michelle Martin, Interim Fundraising Lead at Overcoming MS
There are many people newly diagnosed with MS who may never hear about Overcoming MS. Help us reach these people and give hope when all seems lost. Imagine the difference your support could make this Christmas.