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Welcome to the Phyl Fund

Team Fundraising Goal: $50,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 103
Total Value of Gifts: $17,746.00

Recent Donors

Judy & Sidney Kreitzer

Mr. Skip Camillo


Mr. Anthony A Teague

Mr. Paul J. Neto

Mr. Sean Barron

Mr. Ralph A Colantuno

Mr. Sean P Finneran

Mr. Steve Rusing

Marie & Peter Andersen

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Dear Friends,

I’m Phyl Rubin, the co-founder of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, and I have lived with multiple sclerosis for nearly 40 years. I had my first MS attack in 1971, but wasn’t diagnosed until two years later when I lost permanent sight in my left eye. In those days, MS was a very difficult diagnosis to make and there were no treatments for the disease. There are times when it’s been frustrating like when I couldn’t do even the simplest task like brushing my own hair. But I’ve always had the philosophy that you make the best of what you have. Getting MS was something I couldn’t control, so I decided early on I wouldn’t let it stop me from living a full life.

I have been fortunate that some of the new medications developed to treat MS in the past decade have helped me control my symptoms. But more needs to be done. I am sharing my story in hope that it will help others, and help raise much needed research funds to find a cure in our lifetime. Please donate here and join me, Bernie, and my family in our quest to create a world free of MS.

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Betty Hallenbeck
Sat, Aug 16, 2014
Sending you caring, healing thoughts. I have lived with MS for over 30 years, too. I am grateful for the meds I have now and for the research progress being made. All the best! By the way, learning of your MS fund makes me very motivated to buy from you rather than any other stores!

Gloria Jacobson
Sun, Dec 15, 2013
Dear Phyl,
I just recently heard you speak about MS on television. Out of five children, my two oldest sisters were diagnosed with MS. Linda, now 65, was diagnosed at 40, and Arlene, now 68 was diagnosed at 58.
While they deal with it in their individual ways, they are both very strong willed and determined to make the best of every day.
You are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your story.
Gloria Jacobson

Forward Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship
Fri, Apr 26, 2013
Dear Phyl,
I have been living with MS for 15yrs.I and a few others would love to purchase a farm and use it for Therapeutic Riding in Athol,ma.
Is there any way you would join us and work on this goal with us? Please consider it! We would LOVE your input! Thankyou
Ellin March 978-830-4301

Vickey Thomson
Thu, Mar 28, 2013
I have MS and I amazed at how much stuff has come out for it. I was diagnosed in 2003 and it seems treatments are improving quickly. Relapses stink there is no way around them. I just had one and am still recovering. Congratulations on doing as well as you are and having a family that stands by you. I would be lost without mine, even when they drive me crazy.

Florence campbell
Fri, Mar 01, 2013
This letter is an inspiration to others.
I see you on your tv ads and have freat admiration for you.
My dad had lou gherigs and passed away at a very young age so i am familiar with your disease .
I hope they keep finding new ways to deal with
Your sickness and wish you only the best .
God bless you !
Florence. Campbell P .E.1 Canada

Laura Gillis
Mon, Feb 18, 2013
I wanted to sy hi and thankyou, you are an inspiration to me. I was diagnosed at age 42, now at 45 am learning to deal with it although it has been very difficult. I am the single mom to three boys who have had to watch all that has gone on and my disability increase.
I am so impressed by you and hope to keep going strong as you have.
thankyou. Laura

Pamela Webb
Thu, Dec 13, 2012
Dear Phyl, my father's name was Phil also. He was a great man, and died from complications of MS in 1969 at the age of 49. The MS Society is MY go to charity. I am so pleased that you are publicly advertising for this foundation. i am sorry for your misfortune is contracting this disease, but you certainly have not let it slow you down! Be well, enjoy your holidays, and thank you for public awareness. I donate twice a year, Pam Webb

Mrs. Amy Bender Fish
Tue, Mar 27, 2012

Michelle Almeida
Sat, Oct 08, 2011
Thank You!!!!!!!
I was diagnosed with MS when I was 19! I have lived with MS for 10 years. I have been very fortunate to live a life nearly uninterrupted by MS. I am now 29 with a beautiful 3 year old daughter, a loving husband and great job.
I have always had a mindset; MS will never stop me. Thank you for being part of this fight to end MS

diane jendrysik
Mon, May 30, 2011
phyl, good luck to you in the battle! I have also been living with MS for 31 years. I'm also greatful for the new medication that just came out. I wore a brace on my right leg for 12 years to help with the walking process. At the start of my 4th month on Ampyra (2 pills per day) I did not need the brace to walk! Yhippe!

Wed, Oct 20, 2010
I also have ms and have had it for 14 years and today I'm still walking around and have eyesight problems. But I tell everyone I know that you need to keep a positive attitude and laugh once in awhile. Thanks.

Richard Jubinville
Sat, Jul 17, 2010
God bless you Phl, I will pray for you every night. My wife and I love your commercials on TV, be careful at the beach not to squit too much lemon juice at Bernie!!

Michele Marino
Thu, Jun 10, 2010
Thank you for sharing your story. I live with MS and I hope there is a cure in my lifetime as well. Thank you for your support.

Susan Barakat
Fri, May 21, 2010
I am so happy to have you and your family put another face on MS. I am a fellow MSers and mom of two. Ufortunately MS hasn't been as kind to me.
I have resently been researching a new and extreemly promising theory on MS called CCSVI. I hope soon be tested for the condition and hope for the liberation treatment.
Please help support swift research on CCSVI as time is not on our side. Time = demylination.
Thank you,

Michele Driscoll
Tue, May 18, 2010
Dear Phyl,
Thank you for sharing your story with us. My mother suffered with MS for many years and passed away from complications on June 23rd 2008. Only 9 days after my wedding she was so sick that she was not able to attend the wedding but would not hear of us post poning it either. I am thankful that I have the memories of shopping for my wedding gown with her. Since then my family has created a team Diane's Dreamers and we have walked in the Cohasset walk for the past 2 years in memory of her because we believe that we can also help create a world free from MS. I remember watching my mother having trouble cutting her food, washing her hair and even bathing and dressing. Although her mind was as sharp as a whissle. Hopefully with your strong community and business background you can help create a world free of MS. It is such a horrible disease and I wish you and your family all the best. Good luck and keep your chin up looking at the best in everyday.
Best wishes
Michele Driscoll

Terri Rothman
Wed, May 12, 2010
I truly hope this dollar goal is met. I have three children at high risk of developing M.S. The scientific breakthroughs have been significant in recent years that often times has led an afflicted person into longterm remissions. Let's keep it moving even further!

Don & Gail Willis
Mon, May 03, 2010
We are hoping that our donation will help it finding a cause to this horrible disease. Your courage is inspirational to all of us.

Jessica Heartz
Thu, Apr 29, 2010
You are truly a survivor. My father past away from MS when he was 52, i was only 13, my parents were divorced and i was his main care taker. He passed away alone in a nursing home, because no one understood how to treat the disease.Now 25 i have been inspired to write a book about growing up with a parent with MS and the hardships and that come along with the disease. Knowing more about MS it is so crucial to find a cure and research new treatments available today including stem cell research.

Arnita Brooks
Mon, Apr 05, 2010
Hi Phyl, I was recently diagnosed with MS and would like to attend the Gala. I am currently unable to work and I have a problem walking. I feel encouraged that you have MS and you carry it so well. and I'm am that same way. I work with what I have it would be so nice to come and meet with you and hear you speak.

Brenda Pepe
Sun, Mar 28, 2010
May you always be surrounded by the strength and support of your family and friends. Wishing you the very best in all your efforts.

Sat, Mar 27, 2010
Not sure who will read this msg.. if its Phyllis.. i wanted to say that i admire your strength and courage throughout all these years of your diagnosis of MS. I was diagnosed in 2008.. i am still learning more and more each day about MS and how its effecting my life. I was actually diagnosed two days before my fathers 80th birthday bash and put on the best poker face i had just to get through the day of preparing and guests for which would be the last birthday my dad celebrated as he passed on that November. I still have a motorized reclyner chair i had purchased from your store for my mom, now gone almost 5 years.. and found it helpful with my use fo it. It actually breaks down now and again but i turn it upside down and fixed the part that keeps falling off. I am a larger woman and its been sturdy and secure to hold me. I will someday purchase a new one. With only working part time,, its gone on the bucket list i have growing. Thanks for sharing your story and i thank you for reading mine.

Charles Nevola
Thu, Mar 25, 2010
My sister has MS, so I have a sense of what you have been sharing publicly. I have another close friend who has cancer who has been receiving stem cell treatment and gene therapy from a very innovative Doctor from S. Korea who must practice outside the US because of the controversy over certain stem cell procedures, but he claims through these therapies that he can nearly completely mitigate MS. My sister is unable to afford his treatments; however, I would recommend that you look into it.

Barbara Carter
Mon, Mar 22, 2010
Thank you so much for your courage and support!! I also have MS and like to think I'm doing all I can to help defeat it!! Thank you again!!

Ashley Kumlien
Sat, Mar 20, 2010
Hi Phyl,
A friend just forwarded me your story and I want to say how amazing I think you are!!! My mom has MS and has had for over 27 yrs. She's courageous and has always done what she can with her abilities. You seem the same way!
Keep it up! And for more on my fight against MS inspired by my mom, check out http://www.msruntheus.com. I'm running across America to raise awareness and funds to cure MS!
Take care and keep inspiring people with your story!

Michelle Geanacopoulos
Thu, Mar 11, 2010
My mother has MS for almost 20 years, and she had her ups and downs with it. It seems that some of the million medicines that they have her own havent worked much but she still gets up and moves around and tries to fight it every day just like the next. I love my mom so much and I can't image my life without her and I hope some day they find a cure for it.
God Bless you and Good Luck!!

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