Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 6627 MSFocus Summer 2016 How many assistance grants can you think of that help people with MS receive items such as ukuleles, car tires, or household appliances? There is only one, and it’s available directly through the MSF. It is called the Brighter Tomorrow® Grant and it is designed to do just that – make your tomorrow brighter! This unique grant offers the opportunity for those with MS to receive a special, individually-tailored grant for something that improves their quality of life. There are a wide variety of items awarded each year – from hobby supplies to in-home necessities. Even animals can benefit from the grant. “There have been two service dogs helped through the program: one with training, and one with the veterinary bill,” Vicki Knobel, Cyclical Programs Manager for the MSF said.The list of unique awards goes on and on. Vicki adds, “We fixed someone’s well once. They hadn’t had water for a while.” The program was launched in 2001, on the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s fifteenth anniversary. We knew that something truly special was required in order to meet the unique needs of people with MS that were beyond the scope of existing programs.“The BrighterTomorrow Grant originally came about because we got requests for things we couldn’t provide,” Derrick Lee, Associate Director of Quality of Life Programs and Services said. “[The program] helps to open a door that may have been shut within a person’s life.” Initially named the Bert Warshaw Memorial Grant, after a long-time friend and supporter of the MSF, it provided more than $18,000 in goods and services in its first year, helping 22 people across 14 states. Some of the requests included items that would remain mainstays for years to come: a washer and dryer, a television set, and other household items. Derrick adds, “And appliances! We often take for granted something that is critical to your daily life – your refrigerator. Some people even have medication that needs to be refrigerated. When their refrigerator is on the fritz, what a wonderful thing we could possibly provide to that person.” During that early stage, another stand- out feature of the program became clear: requests were as unique as the applicants themselves. What improves someone’s quality of life is different for each person and circumstance. In that first year, an M Ma ak ki in ng g T To om mo or rr ro ow w B Br ri ig gh ht te er r. .. .. . T To od da ay y