This week, I actually want to give a shout out to a couple of people I am proud to say that I know, David Nassau and Gary Wexler, and the incredible non-profit organization of their own making. The whole thing started as an inside joke where they “Suited Up” for school because of the show “How I Met Your Mother.” Upon being asked why they were dressed in suits, they instead told inquirers that they were dressed up because they were on the (nonexistent) varsity hopscotch team and had a meet that afternoon.
After garnering wide interest from students that approached them, they attempted to start a hopscotch club at our school. Upon the administration rejecting their proposal, the two instead founded Hopping 4 A Cure, a nonprofit organization raising money for medical research for Multiple Sclerosis, college scholarships and caregiver support during high school and it has come a long way, putting a fun and unique spin on raising awareness.
The events hosted by the organization include a series of hopscotch tournaments at different middle schools, high schools and even universities. With four types of hopscotch events, foursquare, hula hooping and basketball to choose from, participants are always in for a great time while making a difference and “HOPping for the HOPE of a world free of MS.”
The cause behind the organization is very important to Nassau because his own father is living with Multiple Sclerosis. While the cause of MS is not yet known, it targets the myelin sheath/coating surrounding the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, dizziness, numbness/tingling, spasticity, walking difficulties, pain, sometimes seizures and tremors, and even some neurological or cognitive symptoms.
There is no known cure for MS, but many organizations, such as Hopping 4 a Cure, have banded together to raise money to continue medical research for possible cures, while also helping to provide support to family members and caregivers of MS patients.
To learn more about Hopping for a Cure, including contacting Nassau or planning a hopscotch event, please visit MShopscotch.org
For more information about Multiple Sclerosis, including other ways to get involved in the fight to end MS, check out http://www.nationalmssociety.org/