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The subject of baseball is a common one along the Capitol Riverfront, what with Nationals Park located just a few steps away. Less common, however, is the chance to talk home runs and triple play tales directly with hometown hero and Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Momentum is building around the Society’s work to accelerate breakthroughs for people with MS. Whether it’s a solution for everyone affected by MS or personal breakthroughs for each individual, we will do whatever it takes to drive progress. This spring 2017 issue of the Breakthrough MS Quarterly Update illustrates the many ways that researchers, advocates, donors and people with MS are contributing to our momentum. Highlights include: - A $4.7 Million gift to fund an International Progressive MS Alliance Collaborative Network– the Society’s largest gift ever! - Wellness Research Workgroup publishes article on gaps and priorities - The life-changing impact of MS Navigators - Advocacy’s critical role in accelerating breakthroughs
Eleven Washingtonians whose commitment to helping others makes Washington a better place to live. Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been hitting them out of the park since he was a little-leaguer in Virginia Beach. The first player drafted by the Nats in 2005, he formed his own team, the ziMS Foundation, the next year to find better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. Zimmerman’s mom, Cheryl, was diagnosed with MS when he was 11. The disease affects the central nervous system unpredictably, and its progress varies. Hers worsened from tingling in the fingers and toes to increased fatigue to inability to walk. Zimmerman remembers when his parents told him and his brother about her disease: “Dad said, ‘It could be worse.’ ” The ziMS Foundation has raised $3 million–plus for research and treatment. Zimmerman is a major financial contributor to ziMS and helps fund a camp for kids of those with MS. One of the most enthusiastic board members is his mother, of whom he observes: “She has a great attitude. She says, ‘Things are going to happen no matter what. You might as well enjoy life and be positive.’ ”
The Eleventh Annual Gala/Golf Tournament was held November 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Virginia Beach Hilton and Redwing Lake Golf course. Thank you to our sponsors and guests! This year's event raised over $170,000! This has allowed us to donate over $3,000,000 in the last 11 years.
RYAN ZIMMERMAN, A FIRST BASEMAN FOR THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS, understands first-hand the impact of multiple sclerosis (MS) on patients and their families. In 1995, when Ryan was just 11 years old, his mother Cheryl was diagnosed with the debilitating disease of the central nervous system. He and younger brother Shawn grew up witnessing the devastating toll of MS as their mother gradually lost the ability to walk, to perform fine motor tasks, and to carry out daily needs such as eating and showering-. Ryan decided that someday he wanted to help others dealing with MS.