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.
Someone really wants MS Squad Members Jessica Rudd and Renee Coffey to get a tattoo.
Whichever side reaches $25,000 first, or attracts the most money by World MS Day, May 30, wins.
Donations had been ticking along steadily, until May 17 when “Anonymous” donated $2000 to the “no” side. But on May 21, another anonymous donor dropped $10,000 in the “yes” bucket.
Today another donation of $6000 went to the “no”.
We’ll keep you posted wit this great story.
We don’t expect you to do something as daring as this, and you don’t need to, there are so many ways you can fundraise for Kiss Goodbye To MS.