Don’t miss tonight’s MS Walk fundraiser at 'The Loft'
Edmonds resident Heather Fulmer and some of her friends are on a team that is participating in the Seattle MS Walk on April 14.
The team, “Mighty Feet and Mighty Soles” is having a fundraiser; featuring a silent auction, raffle, and live music on April 6 at 8:30 p.m.
The fundraiser is hosted by The Loft, 515-A Main St., Edmonds to help them reach their goal of $6,000.
Comedian CJ Alexander (http://www.creatiniacomic.com/cj-alexander-bio/) has donated time to emcee the event. And “The Vin Notes,” comprised of Jim Fulmer and Grant Bordon will supply musical entertainment for the evening.
A large number of Edmonds businesses have stepped up to the plate with goods and services for the auction.
“The Edmonds merchants have been incredible,” Fulmer said. “I am just amazed every day at the support of our awesome community! I love Edmonds.”
So far, the team has donations from:
Comstock Jewelers, Rory's of Edmonds, Edmonds Theater, Red Petal, A Very Taki Tiki, Cafe de Paris, Curves of Edmonds, La Galleria, Claire's Restaurant, Las Brisas, Walnut Street Coffee, The Wooden Spoon, Bill the Butcher, Arnie's, Blue Collar Doghouse, Revelations Yogurt, Nama's, Harbor Square Athletic Club, Vatika, Engel's Pub, Girardi's, Kabella's, and also donations from Jackson Golf Course and Wingin' it BBQ in Redmond!
“Like I said, the community has been absolutely amazing,” Fulmer said. “People really want to help out with this cause.”
Niko Raptis, owner of The Loft (www.theloftlounge.com) is one who really stepped up.
“We went in asking for a donation and he immediately offered to host our fundraiser – awesome!” Fulmer said.
Other “spotlight donors” and their donations for the auction include Rory's of Edmonds (12-person dinner of their Rory's Famous Rack Baby Back Ribs –full rack, market value $340); Wingin' it BBQ in Redmond, who donated a catered BBQ for 12; and a wine and cheese pairing for 10 from Chef Courtland Powell, market value $400.
Mighty Feet, Mighty Soles has 17 members, some who have been diagnosed with MS, others who have friends or relatives with the disease.
Fulmer says she walks because “Like many, many others in WA, I have loved ones living with MS.”
Others, like team captain Paul Snyder, live with the disease themselves.
“We started doing the walk two years ago,” Snyder said. “I was diagnosed with probable MS in March of 2011 with optic neuritis in my right eye and brain lesions found in an MRI.
“Being that the walk was in April, literally weeks after my diagnoses, it seemed like a great way to deal with the news and try and give back to a community that I would probably some day be a part of.
“Luckily, with medication, my eye is a lot better and I haven't had any relapses.”
Snyder said the team wants to “experience a great event and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS. We believe in this cause.”
To learn more about “Mighty Feet, Mighty Soles,” go to: main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/WASWalkEvents/365732316?pg=team&fr_id=20468&team_id=316079.
Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving.
Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system.
Symptoms 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 moving us closer to a world free of MS.