Tommy Hilfiger and Multiple Sclerosis
Tommy Hilfiger is a wealthy fashion designer who has been in the business for 40 odd years. His sister, Dorothy has suffered with MS all her live and Hilfiger wanted to do something to further the research to find a cure. He said he had been so fortunate he wanted to do something in honor of his sister and give to a worthy cause. He choose to join hands with Nancy Davis the founder of "The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. To date they have raised more than $30 million dollars to help find a cure for MS.
Tommy Hilfiger has amassed a fortune during the last 40 years creating design and style. He has played a leading role in fashion since he was a kid of 18. Hilfiger has been so fortunate he came to the conclusion that it was time to give something back. He designed the red, white and blue ski jackets for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis fund raiser. The fund raiser was a huge success. Hilfiger says everybody loved those ski jackets, and that was just the beginning of his association with the foundation. After the successful fundraiser, Nancy Davis asked Hilfiger to be on the board of directors and to co-chair the annual fund raising gala. He accepted.
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Hilfiger’s sister, Dorothy has MS, a neurological disease that attacks the central nervous center, causing problems in muscle control, balance, vision and sensation. He says, when you watch a loved one struggle with the disease, it really hits home. Seeing Dorothy’s suffering made him feel like he should do something to help. Davis, herself founded the organization in 1993, two years after she found she had MS. To date they have raised more than $30 million dollars.
Since Hilfiger has joined the MS fund raising team, he has participated in fashion shows and golf tournaments to raise awareness about MS. Last year the fund raiser was held in Los Angeles. It primarily funded seven different scientific programs, and experts across the country to advance and find a cure for MS. Hilfiger says, hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later.
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Psychologist Patricia Farrell, PhD has written a book, “How to Be Your Own Therapist: A Step by Step Guide to Building a Competent, Confident Life.” She proposes to keep people out of therapy. Ferrell takes the “you can do this” approach for managing the psychological symptoms that often come with MS. The book points to the mind body connection in MS. She has self help techniques to battle pain, depression and to boost the immune system. Farrel writes, you can turn something upsetting into something good.