Lisa Sculnick was pleased about the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) hosting its ‘Par for the Cause’ charity golf tournament earlier this month. The event attracted about 120 golfers, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to MSF.
Here is where Sculnick’s appreciation comes in.
“The MSF helps me with what I need when I need it, such as seeing a neurologist or applying for a grant for something I need to better my health,” said Sculnick, who was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis seven years ago. “It is funds from events like this golf tournament that help me out.”
There are plenty of others who have similar stories like Sculnick’s, but monies from these events do not just raise funds for individuals. Monetary donations also help fund programs and support to keep those with Multiple Sclerosis as self-sufficient as possible, while raising awareness and understanding about the disease.
It also offers help for caregivers of those with the disease. The recent affair at the Parkland Golf and Country Club aids in the foundation’s efforts.
“Golf is a unique way to (raise funds) and it’s a nice way for people to enjoy a whole day for the one cause,” said Nathalie Sloane, development director of the MSF. “We want people to want to keep coming back to our [fundraising] events.”
And not only do the funds assist those with Multiple Sclerosis, but it is also the manner in which the foundation doles out its help.
“It feels very good to accept what they are able to give me,” Sculnick said. “When I receive something from the foundation, I still feel very respected because they don’t treat me like I’m an invalid. They’re so wonderful throughout the whole process.”
In an effort to slow down the progressions and lessen the effects of Multiple Sclerosis, Sculnick, like many others with the disease, has become very educated and vigilant since her diagnosis.
“I’m very lucky that my symptoms don’t keep me in bed all day,” Sculnick added. “I’m glad I’m not on the disabled list.”
But not all people affected by Multiple Sclerosis know where to turn once diagnosed. This is what the foundation does best.
“Our golf event is one way to teach people about us and it opens us up to some people who wouldn’t have otherwise known about how we can help,” Sloane said. “We’d like participants to continue to enjoy our [golf] events, so we can raise more funds for those in need of anything that has to deal with Multiple Sclerosis.”