When A Cause Hits So Close To Home - INO Cares March 2015

Personally, I am so excited for our INO Cares campaign this month. I was asked to select my favorite non-profit and this decision took less than 1/1000th of a second - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Last year at only 27, my little sister, Casey Thompson, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It started with tingling in her hands and feet. Then the fatigue and dizziness set it. She knew something was wrong, but Multiple Sclerosis wasn't even on her radar. After more severe symptoms appeared, doctors suspected MS and Casey was in and out of the National Institute of Health meeting with some of the world's best Neurologists and MS specialists. She was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) which is characterized as clearly defined attacks of worsening neurologic function.

Walk MS: MarylandMy sister, who is an athletic trainer and concussion care specialist, has always been an active person with an interest in physical fitness. So, having a disease like MS is particularly difficult. Not only does she have to power through times of severe fatigue, decrease in cognitive function and general pain, but she also has the emotional ups and downs that come with the unknowns of a life with MS. Continue reading "When A Cause Hits So Close To Home - INO Cares March 2015"

A Salute To Powerful Women - INO Cares

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant."

In recognition of Women’s History Month, INO.com has made a donation on behalf of some wonderful, young women in our community that are passionately fundraising for organizations that are very important to them.

We salute their efforts, their hearts and their compassion to help make a difference one dollar at a time.

Ashely Welty, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Crohns150Ashley has been raising money for CCFA for the last 3 years and is recognized consistently as a top fundraiser for our region. Not only does Ashley and her mother suffer from this disease, but she fundraises in honor of a friend who passed away from Crohn’s complications. Learn more about Ashley’s fundraising project, “Racing for a CURE” and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

Karen Murphy, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

CFF150Karen has been fundraising and supporting events for the CF Foundation in honor of the son of a family friend who has this horrible disease. She serves on the committee of the DC Brewer’s Ball, a major fundraising event for CF in our region. Learn more about the Brewer’s Ball or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Casey Thompson, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS150Casey was recently diagnosed with MS at the age of 27 after experiencing months of strange symptoms. Initially reluctant about being public with her disease, Casey has decided to instead become an advocate for MS, fundraise to support research and walk in local events. Learn more about Casey's MS Walk and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

If you know of a passionate person who is fundraising for a worthy cause, please submit their information to li*****@in*.com for future donation consideration.

Best wishes for a better world,

The INO.com Team