#HappyDanceMS: Movement to Cure Multiple Sclerosis

Local supporters hope online effort leads to viral success & critical research

Dunmore, Lackawanna County -- Pat Sheehan of Dunmore rounded up some of her grandchildren this holiday season to record on a cell phone what's called "Happy Dance MS". She is among the local volunteers with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society who recently launched the movement to fund critical studies into the mysterious auto-immune disease. "Research is the only thing that's going to find a cure for MS."
Ms. Sheehan has been touched by the tragedy of MS. She has a sister living with multiple sclerosis for three decades now while her 38-year-old daughter, Tricia, died from progressive MS in 2013. "My daughter was diagnosed when she was 17 years old in 1992 and of course it was a blow to us."
Ms. Sheehan and others including MS Self-Help Scranton co-chair Derek Raines are promoting Happy Dance MS to raise funds that also support MS Society programs and services. "They provide us relief especially to people who are not in a position to be able to afford things," said Mr. Raines.
Doing the Happy Dance Challenge is simple enough. Get your cell phone or camera, get your groove on, then post it on line and challenge three of your friends to do the same. The goal is to raise at least ten dollars per participant. Local MS Chapter Development Specialist Scott Garner did his own happy dance. He hopes more of us will follow in his footsteps and dance for a cure. "We can all let go of the ego for a few seconds for folks who deal with a lot," he said.
You can learn more about taking part in #HappyDanceMS by clicking here.
 


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