On April 3rd, Leathwaite’s Kristine Aldana-Paulino and Danielle Tillman volunteered at the Multiple Sclerosis Society in New York to help drive donations ahead of the inaugural Walk MS event that took place this past Sunday.

Kris and Danielle took to the phones, putting their people skills to the test as they contacted recent registrants of Walk MS, thanking them for their support and answering any questions they may have around the event itself or the associated fundraising efforts.

Leathwaite, the Human Capital Specialists, offers its staff a day off each year to devote to volunteering at a charity of their choice, encouraging people to give back to the causes they’re passionate about. For Kris, Business Manager of the US office, the MS Society is a charity close to her heart having been diagnosed with MS in 2010 and since living with a mild form of the disease.

It’s so important to get the word out there about MS” says Kris. “This is my 7th year doing the walk and team leader bringing together 30 participants from all walks of my life, and connecting with others living with MS. I feel particularly grateful that my work is supportive of the MS Society and gives me that dedicated time to use my skills to connect with walkers, hear their stories and share my own, with always the hope that we are getting closer to finding a cure.”

Walk MS is the 12th largest fundraising event in the US, raising over $45 million ever year to change the world for those affected by multiple sclerosis. The unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.  While the landscape of effective treatment for tolerating MS and delaying the physical disabilities it causes has improved significantly, there is still a long way to go in finding a cure.

For Kris and Danielle, the experience of being on-deck at MS HQ helping drive awareness of the Walk was truly impactful. They both look forward to continuing their work with the MS Society, utilizing their skills to give back and encouraging all Leathwaite people to do the same.

If you would like to understand more about how Leathwaite’s corporate social responsibility, please contact Emily Ivey emily.ivey@leathwaite.com.

To learn more about multiple sclerosis, Walk MS, and how you can support the ongoing fundraising efforts, visit Kris’s page. Donations are open until the end of the year. http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Kristine2018.

When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.

Learn more at walkMS.org

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