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Coaching for a Cause 2021
Read Rebecca's MS journey below to understand why we are passionate about raising awareness and money for MS. This year we're kicking off Coaching for a Cause. Jen will be the coach while Rebecca focuses on awareness and fundraising.
What is Coaching for a Cause?
Every person who donates a minimum of $500 to Rebecca's MS campaign between April 18 and April 30, will be given the opportunity to have a 60-minute coaching session with Jen.
Jen has been a certified coach for 15 years, she works with emerging leaders to earn promotions and prepare for leadership roles; with new leaders to simplify, prioritize, and succeed; and with seasoned leaders to lead change and execute on strategic plans. She is the best-selling author of Talking Change: Must-Have Conversations for Successful Leaders and a sought after coach and consultant by organizations looking to successfully implement change initiatives.
How does it work?
- Click on Rebecca's MS campaign link.
- Donate a minimum of $500 (between April 18 - 30) if you want a coaching session, or if you simply want to support, any amount you are able.
- Send your donation confirmation and contact information to Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jen will arrange a coaching session during the months of May of June 2021.
Why are we doing it? Because my sister is winning her fight against MS
In 2012 my sister Beki (Rebecca) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Two weeks before her engagement party and barely into her thirties.
Fast forward to fall 2020, Beki called to share amazing news. She had just been to her semi-annual neurologist appointment and, based on her latest MRI, there had been no change in her MS for 18 months. The neurologist declared that her MS had stabilized. She was winning her fight. And here’s how:
- Support from family and friends. Beki told everyone immediately. She was not going to tackle this journey alone. And she had a great medical team to turn to as well.
- Going public. Beki became an advocate for those living with MS. She told her employer – something far too many people are afraid to do – and clearly stated that she was still willing to do what was needed to succeed at work, but there would be days that 100% wouldn’t be possible.
- Spearheading awareness and fundraising efforts. She is passionate about raising awareness. She has led local and national committees to raise money, awareness, and support for MS. She headlined MS events and motivated family and friends to join walks across the country.
- Changing her approach to life. Beki adjusted her diet, focused on the right exercise practices, and stuck to it. She also adjusted her medication as needed.
- Deciding MS was not going to beat her. Optimism over pessimism. It wasn’t always easy, there were some tough times – dizziness, inability to walk without a cane, hands that just wouldn’t function. But through focus, mindfulness, and determination, she won.
Now, of course, there is no guarantee that her MS symptoms won’t return, the damage already done is not reversible. But, today she is looking forward, feeling great, raising two amazing daughters with her husband, and continuing to focus on the things that helped her beat MS.
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. There is so much beneficial research happening right now and the medications being developed are life-changing for those living with MS. The medication that changed the game for her wasn't available when she was diagnosed just eight years ago.
You can continue to help by donating today. Beki's goal is to raise $20,000 this year. She is well on her way and I want to help her get there.
And here are Rebecca's bullets points about her MS journey so far:
- Diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 after months of strange symptoms including tingling, numbness, loss of motor skills, dizziness and extreme fatigue
- Began on disease modifying therapy (Copaxone) that consisted of daily injections
- Participated in my first MS Walk the weekend of my wedding in May 2013
- Eldest daughter joined her first MS Walk while in utero in 2014
- Went into labour with my second daughter after the 5K MS walk in 2016
- Suffered a number of post partem attacks that impacted my mobility and balance
- Began a new therapy (Mavenclad -Cladribine) in 2018 which consisted of ten pills over a 24 month period
- Informed by my neurologist in 2020 that my past two MRIs have shown the disease is inactive and there has been no further progression
- Feeling better than I have in years and have the option to repeat the Mavenclad treatment one more time if I need to
Past MS Awareness and Fundraising Events
Our past events have been a blast!
2018 - Spring Fling for MS
2019 - MS Walk
2020 - Savour Festival with top chefs