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 6637 MSFocus Summer 2016 whatever happened, we still had this cruise to look forward to,” Mary Ellen said. Two days before a final hearing, the township and the hospital agreed on a deal to swap undeveloped land for the wellness center. This meant that the hospital still has a nearby space for the parking lot and the wellness center will be kept open. For Mary Ellen, it meant she could head to Alaska knowing that she played a major role in making sure that those who are less able in her community will have an accessible center to help them stay active. “This cruise has been wonderful,” she adds. “It’s been great to meet with people, hear presentations, and know that the excursions we signed up for are disabled- friendly.” Mary Ellen recommends that others take a chance by going outside their comfort zone to travel. “Don’t say you can’t do it!” “It Was Good to Talk and Share” Carole Kober has always dreamed of going to Alaska. That dream came true thanks to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s Brighter Tomorrow Grant© . Carole is the leader of the MSF-affiliated Mingle and Share MS Support Group, and saw an opportunity to not only find some help for herself, but to also find ways to improve her group. In Carole’s application essay for the Brighter Tomorrow Grant, she wrote that the MSF Cruise would enrich her and her husband’s lives, providing a much needed vacation. She added that it would also make her a more effective MS support group leader. The cruise managed to exceed Carole’s high expectations. “We met a lot of fantastic people. The workshops were helpful and I am going to take tons of information back to the support group.” Carole’s husband, Lawrence, benefitted from the experience as well. “Alaska was amazing,” he said. “You may see it on TV, but until you experience it, you can’t imagine it.” Lawrence took part in an MS carepartner’s meeting. “We all have a lot of things in common. It was good to talk and share with others who have similar experiences.” The trip to Alaska inspired the Kobers to register for MSF’s 2017 Cruise for a Cause, which heads to the Caribbean next September. Carole hopes to convince members of her support group to join them. “I will tell them that everyone participating in the cruise understands the needs of those with MS. Everything is taken care of by MSF and the travel agent, and you don’t have to worry about anything!” Ready to let your worries float away in the crystal blue waters of the Carribbean? Join us for our next relaxing and educational program in 2017. See page 7 for more details. Carole and Lawrence Kober Moinee, Wis.