Do It Yourself Fundraising is an opportunity for people with a deep commitment to the MS cause to raise awareness and critical funds for the MS Movement in new and creative ways.

This site includes helpful resources to help you kick off a Do It Yourself activity and learn from others who are hosting their own.

Activities can include golf tournaments, dinner parties, bake sales, endurance events, simply asking your friends, and more!

So get started today, join the movement®, and together we can all help to create a world free of MS!


Up and At Them! A Benefit to End MS

Donate to Johnny!

Mr. Johnny Perona

5 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $10,000.00
Achieved: $450.00

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Up and At Them!
Up and At Them!

Hello, friends!  So, as you probably know that I was diagnosed with MS in February (on Valentine's day of all days.)  A series of doctor visits caused by severe tingling/numbness in my hands and legs led to an MRI, which led to them finding 15-18 lesions on my brain, and 2 on my spinal cord.  Needless to say, it was a pretty huge bummer.  After a bit of wallowing and feeling sorry for myself, I knew that I had to do something, anything.  The first idea was to put on a benefit show.  I'm a musician, and after the diagnosis, music was one of the few things that comforted me. Especially because I could barely even play guitar during this 3 month long "episode" that led to the diagnosis.

After months of trying to plan the perfect show, it fell right into my lap.  I called my good friend Edward David Anderson one night venting my frustration with the whole process.  How we would have to pay a headliner way more money than I wanted in order to get a decent sized room in Chicago.  He then came up with the idea of reuniting his very successful band of 12 years, Backyard Tire Fire, for 1 night only.  I was so excited about it, and when he said that fellow members Matt, Tim, and Scott were all game, I was absolutely elated.  Not only did we have the PERFECT headliner for the show, but Ed insisted that ALL the money raised from this event go directly to my cause, which is to put an end to MS.

Ed's generosity has mirrored that of all my loved ones in the past 7 months.  I couldn't be more grateful.  The show is on November 23rd at The Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville.  You can purchase tickets at the following link:

However, if you can't, that's the purpose that this page serves!  You can donate remotely!  Please assist me in my fight against MS, and I will keep trying to beat the hell out of this thing, I promise.  I've never felt so much love in my life at the time when I needed it the most.  So, even if you can't donate, thank you so much for your support.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. This has been the toughest year of my life, hands down. But I have a wonderful woman, amazing friends, and the greatest family.  I will come out on top, and I will live to see a cure for MS.

Much love,



Multiple Sclerosis affects people in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50. Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. More than 2.5 million people worldwide live with this unpredictable disease. The symptoms of MS are different for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

I will MAKE MY MARK and do my part to make a difference in the lives of those living with MS. By supporting me you too will MAKE YOUR MARK in this pursuit.

Let's Move Forward Together

Currently there is no cure for MS. The money that is raised will be used to find the cause, treatment, and ultimately the cure of multiple sclerosis. The money is also used to provide education, information, direct financial support, and scholarships to individuals and families living with MS.

Please join me in the movement to do something about multiple sclerosis now!

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