Check out our latest story from MS Research Australia.
Jess and Renee have been friends since childhood, and together they have been through it all. They survived the horrors of hypercolour tees, homemade fimo jewellery, Degrassi Junior High and call waiting. Bleached their hair with lemon juice and sunlight—it didn’t work and they got sunburnt. Swore an oath of silence for the 40 Hour Famine—also a fail, mainly for Jess. Made each other friendship bracelets, shared each other’s Easter egg haul, held each other’s hands through break-ups and eventually became godmothers to each other’s children.
But Renee and Jess never thought they’d be getting ink together!
In 2011, at the age of 29, Renee was diagnosed with MS. Naturally, Jess was the first person she called. Since then, Renee’s health has remained stable, but for many others with MS, things take a much different course as they learn to live with this illness with no known cure.
Jess and Renee are now Kiss Goodbye to MS Ambassadors. Both with young families, they don’t have the time (or hamstrings) to climb a mountain or compete in a marathon to raise funds. Instead, they are staring down the barrel of a tattoo gun.
Yes, tattoos. Real ones. The kind that don’t rub off with warm water after a pirate party. Arrrr, the kind that scar you for life.
When they are damaged this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body. Today, approximately 1.2 million people around the world and 23,000 people in Australia have MS, 2/3’s of whom are young women like Renee and Jess.
Australian scientists are leading the charge in world research. Globally, Kiss Good to MS, brings together countries research and collaborations, and supporters those who are living with MS.
So donate here to see these friends seal their bond of bad life choices with matching tattoos.
Or, if you’re feeling benevolent donate here to spare them from the gun. Do they really have to call them that?
A tattoo is permanent, but MS doesn’t have to be. Please support Jess and Renee by visiting their page.