To Mary Jo’s family and friends.
We fondly recall our beloved Mary Jo. Confident that she would fully embrace this research, and in the hopes of better outcomes for all who battle MS, I’m asking family members and friends for financial support for this much needed CASA MS study. I think Mary Jo would also enjoy knowing gifts will be matched by the Annette Funicello Fund.
As I recall her zest for life and her spirit of hope, I feel confident that if she were with us today, Mary Jo would have been eager to participate in the study and proud to be advancing the understanding of severe MS from that power chair.
In Mary Jo’s memory, let’s help blaze a new path that might even lead to a cure. Larry
If you didn't know my sister, Mary Jo, let me introduce you.
As a 12-year resident of the Boston Home, she was intimately familiar with the devastating effects of advanced MS,
In September 2006, at the age of 49 and after years of fighting the progression of MS, Mary Jo signed herself in to the Boston Home. Although it meant sacrificing her independent lifestyle due to declining health, she embraced her new home. Her courage and perseverance remained strong as she welcomed other new residents, recited bible passages with them, and promoted quality-of-life enhancements. She actively participated in watercolor classes, painting many memorable works for loved ones, and inspiring the creation of the Boston Home Art Gallery where resident’s could show their work.
Despite her physical limitations, Mary Jo pursued her passion for both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Red Sox. She frequented the annual BSO Christmas concerts, attended many a July 4th concert on the Boston Esplanade, and excitedly rooted for the home team at Fenway Park, fearless in her efforts to navigate big crowds. She thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, wherever she was.
A summer highlight was her annual vacation to Cape Cod, where she enjoyed quality time with family, friends, and most especially her grandchildren. Sunshine, shopping, hot dogs on the grill, and lobster rolls topped her list of simple pleasures.
If you are so, inspired, please join us.
Each of ANNETTE’S 100 has set a goal to give or raise $1,000 or more to CASA-MS progressive MS research. Your gift will help them reach their goal and will be matched by Annette’s Fund. LET US KNOW IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE ONE OF ANNETTE’S 100, TOO!