It's been more than four years since Joe's Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.  In the grand scheme of things, our experience has been uneventful. Joe's vision is mostly restored from the optic neuritis; he has all the feeling in his extremities; the few symptoms that have popped up have been addressed, and he has been able to continue taking the same medication, with minimal interruption or issues from insurance.

Joe is currently a patient at the Mandell Center, where MS is their primary focus.  He is seen several times each year for check ups and has regular MRIs and bloodwork. I've had the pleasure of meeting several of the doctors, and directors, as well as Joyce and Andrew Mandell, for whom the center is named.

It's great knowing he is in good hands and is receiving the care he deserves. We know though, that not everyone is so lucky.

Healthcare is expensive and if you are sick, it may be impossible to maintain wellness or stay on perscribed medications. Not everyone lives within 10 miles of a state-of-the-art facility, such at the Mandell Center and not everyone can afford the co-pays that are required to see a "specialist".

The purpose of our Go Fund Me account is to raise funding for those that may not be as fortunate as us. By collecting contributions from people like you, we are able to give it to the National MS Society. There, the funding is distributed to programs that offer patient assistance and accommodations.

Up until now, we've raised almost $6,000 together! It's amazing and I'm so grateful to each of those that have kindly contributed.

You may remember that the bulk of my fundraising was done around times I trained for and completed various road races. Well, after being injured for about a year, I'm back on the proverbial horse and am training again.

In February 2018, I'll be running my "comeback race" -  a half marathon in Colchester CT, and I'll be looking to you to help cheer me on! I've increased my fundraising goal to $7,000, so I'm hoping you can help me meet that before race day (2/24/18). We have about $1,300 more to raise.

So, please stay tuned as I move forward with my training plan and get closer to the finish line of the Colchester Half Marathon. With each milestone, I'll be bringing awareness to the terrible disease that is MS and will hope that we can reach my new monetary goal to help those that are suffering.
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Stephanie Famiano 
Windsor, CT
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