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 6636 MSFocus Summer 2016 “It Has Been Life-Changing” Jim Murphy found out about this year’s Cruise for a Cause while listening to MSFocus Radio during his recovery from an exacerbation. There he heard seminars recorded on prior MSF educational cruises. “My MS has progressed over the past 30 years. I’m homebound and spend a lot of time on the Internet,” Jim said. “That’s how I found the MSFocus Radio station and the online version of MSFocus Magazine. I decided that I wanted to come on the cruise, so I called the toll-free number and here I am. I haven’t even had a chance to stop and think about it. Everyone has been so helpful and I haven’t needed anything.” Jim’s sister, Mary, accompanied him on the trip. Jim and his sister participated in the MSF group tour on the White Pass & Yukon Railway in Skagway. “I’ve seen a lot, but nothing like that. Being up that high and still seeing mountains was amazing,” Jim said. In Juneau, Jim and Mary decided to get off the beaten path and instead of going down Main Street, they walked the side streets. “We stumbled across a new business owner who was stocking the shelves and chatted with him about the city. We also had a few beers with the locals.” The cruise was an awakening experience for Jim, who hopes that he will be participating in future MSF cruises. “I believe I might be going again and again and again. It has been life-changing. I met a lot of contacts, got a lot of names, and exchanged email addresses and numbers. I will be more in tune with the MS community from all over the country.” The educational programs also offered Jim a unique opportunity. “I’ve listened to some of the speakers on MSFocus Radio. Seeing them in person and getting to ask questions was great!” “Don’t Say You Can’t Do It” For Mary Ellen and Joseph Smolinsky, the cruise served as a celebration. In the months leading up to the cruise, Mary Ellen was instrumental in saving a local wellness center in her town. The center, which provides aquatic, yoga and exercise classes for those with MS and other conditions, was going to be closed, demolished, and replaced with a parking lot as part of a hospital expansion. Mary Ellen, and others, engaged local politicians, gathered more than 500 signed and notarized affidavits, and set up a protest march across the street from the hospital. “I knew that Jim Murphy St. Louis, Mo. Mary Ellen and Joseph Smolinski Mokena, Ill.