Alison’s dream is to Kiss Goodbye to MS
Alison Ferguson, from Orange in NSW, was diagnosed with MS in 2010. At the time, her youngest child was only 18 months old. Alison, who is now 38, and a mother to 4 young children, is just one of our inspiring Kiss Goodbye to MS fundraisers.
Alison’s diagnosis with MS 5 years ago came as a huge shock. After experiencing some unusual symptoms for a few months, she paid a visit to her GP. After a few rounds of tests, Alison’s neurologist confirmed that she has multiple sclerosis. MS was already in Alison’s family, with her uncle living with the disease for over 20 years.
Alison is determined to do something to help accelerate MS research.
In 2014 Alison attended a local Kiss Goodbye to MS High Tea fundraising event organised by the wife of a friend of Alison’s who also has MS, and was inspired to also help raise funds for MS research. A few months later Alison’s fundraising journey began, inviting family and friends for a ladies night at her home, raising $3,500.
Following the success of this event, in 2015 Alison organised a cocktail party aiming to get 60 people to attend. Alison set herself an ambitious target of $5,000, and managed to sell 130 tickets to the event. Not only did Alison organise a memorable event that raised well above her target, she was also presented with a large cheque on the night with an extremely generous donation.
And now Alison is in the midst of planning her next event to be held in May.
“Thinking about last year’s event still gives me goosebumps! I now have a team of people helping! I hope to get close to 200 people along this year, and raise as much as we can for MS Research Australia,” said Alison.
For Alison, it took a couple of years to grasp her diagnosis, but in 2014 she had her ‘ahah’ moment.
“I am now so passionate about raising money for MS research Australia, as I have been lucky enough to have options for the best medication that is available for me. Not so long ago, these options weren’t available, and it is only thanks to our amazing researchers that now these drugs are able to help people like me,” said Alison.