Monday 25 March, 2019

International blogger to guest speak at MS Fundraiser

International blogger, Ardra Shephard  will be guest speaker at the Cayman Islands' MS Foundation's 3rd annual Pretty on the Outside fundraiser

International blogger, Ardra Shephard will be guest speaker at the Cayman Islands' MS Foundation's 3rd annual Pretty on the Outside fundraiser

A special International VIP guest will be the guest speaker at the third annual 'Pretty on the Outside' fundraiser organised by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of the Cayman Islands.

The glittering cocktail gala-style event will be held on Saturday, March 16 at the National Gallery, and this year's guest speaker will be International blogger, Ardra Shephard. Ardra is the influential Canadian blogger behind the award-winning 'Tripping on Air', an irreverent insider scoop about her life with MS.

Ardra was named one of the Top MS bloggers “in the universe” by feedspot.com and is one of HealthLine’s top MS bloggers of 2019. With an international reach and reputation, Ardra is a leader in the MS community.

The anticipated event will also feature the premiere of a short film titled 'Invisible', produced by the MS Foundation in partnership with local Cayman videographer Jason Kennedy, in honour of MS Awareness Month this March. The goal of the film is to raise awareness of the fact that while the symptoms of this chronic illness may be invisible, MS patients most certainly are not.

The MS Foundation of the Cayman Islands was founded by Alyssa Christian in 2016, after she was diagnosed with MS the previous year. Alyssa became aware of the large community of MS patients in Cayman and knew something needed to be done.

She said: “Support is crucial, both financially and emotionally, to not only MS patients but to their families as well.

“The MS Foundation is committed to not only providing the support needed to patients, but to spreading awareness about the disease. Currently, there is no cure for MS. It is a lifelong disease. We hope one day for a cure, but until then, we will remain MS strong and continue to support our local community of patients and their families.”

Referring to the premiere of the 'Invisible' film, she added: “Most of the time you would not know that a person has MS just by looking at them,” Ms. Christian said. “MS is known as an invisible disease. Although many patients look ‘good’ on the outside, the inside of their body is a disaster and can feel like a battlefield.”

All proceeds from the March 16 event and associated 50/50 raffle will benefit the MS Foundation of the Cayman Islands and support its mission to help local patients gain access to vital medical care and wellness support. 

Event tickets are available to buy for CI$100 per person at https://eventpro.ky/ and include a welcome cocktail, campaign t-shirt and a selection of bites from local restaurant vendors.

Tickets for the 50/50 raffle in aid of the MS Foundation can also be bought online at Event Pro. For more information on the MS Foundation of the Cayman Islands, visit facebook.com/msfcayman or contact info@msfcayman.com.

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