Team Alessandro needs your help!

Hey friends! 

Do you know what time of the year it is?  For Alessandro's friends and family, it is better-get-your-act-in-gear-and-fundraise-until-your-pockets-are-overflowing-time.  (Also known as the Walk MS 2012 event, which will take place this year on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at Comerica Park)

This will be Team Alessandro's fourth year participating in Walk MS, and boy have we made an impact!  In the past three years, Team Alessandro has raised nearly $21,000!  Last year our team raised over $10,600 dollars and I alone raised over $3,000!  Those numbers are impressive if I do say so myself.  Do you know who else thought our efforts were impressive?  Members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society who have told us that our stride to the Top 25 fundraising teams in Michigan (#24 to be exact) did not go unnoticed.  "Who is this Team Alessandro?"  "The only teams beating them are Team Ford and Team Comerica!"  Yeah, that's right people, we made ourselves known.
In November, Alessandro and I attended an honorary breakfast where our team was recognized with the other top teams of 2011 and let me tell you, it was powerful.  When introducing ourselves to people at our table, nearby workers of the Michigan Chapter said admirably, "So, you guys are Team Alessandro?!"  We were proud, and so should all of you for the part that you have played in our success.  I want to be invited to that breakfast again, everyone.  So I'm asking for your help. 

There are 2 different ways you can help:   

1.  Sponsor me in this year's Walk by making a donation in any amount at my personal page, found by clicking here, or at this link: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/4 (Please also spread the word and send this link to your own friends, family or co-workers and ask them to donate to this great cause). 

UPDATE:   If you are so kind as to make a donation, please check here for a list of employers that match gift donations of employees!  Your donation can go even further!

2.  Join Team Alessandro by clicking "Join Team," here, or at this link: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/TeamAlessandro and start fundraising on your own.  (It is not required that you be in town for the day of the walk, so out of towners can still join in on the fun).

UPDATE: If do join Team Alessandro and solicit sponsorships of your own, please be sure to forward this link to potential sponsors so that they too can check to see if their employers will match their gifts! 

Alessandro has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for over 4 years, and he has tried 4 different treatments, with the most recent being the first ever oral medication approved for the treatment of MS.  While his current medication seems to be working to keep him stable, we hold out hope that one day, sooner rather than later, there will be a treatment that will help him get better.  The money raised in this fundraiser goes directly to research for treating Multiple Sclerosis, so that is why this fundraising event is extremely important to us.

Your support means a lot to Alessandro and I, and we are thankful for whatever you can do.


Marilena and Alessandro

Oh yeah, and does anyone else think it's amazing how much our team has grown and become more professional from 2009 to 2010 to 2011?  

Walk MS 2009

Walk MS 2010
Walk MS 2011

I cannot wait to see what 2012 can bring for us! 

P.S.  I know many of you have read my recent interview with Alessandro on living with MS, but just in case you missed it, here it is, or at this link:  http://movesincircles.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-alessandro.html.  Please feel free to use the interview and his story in your fundraising efforts. 

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