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CRUSH MS: David vs. Goliath

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Total Number of Gifts: 135
Total Value of Gifts: $5,494.14

Recent Donors

Dr. Ilir Topalli PhD

Ms. Jui-An Yang

Mrs. Jennifer L Barry


Ms. Kimberly Ann Soto


Mrs. Sandra Jean Sandridge

Julie Oihus

Marie Benesh

Ms. Rachel Bethany Sherwood

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We continue to hear about generous donations and fundraising efforts nationwide to support the Crush MS movement. Check out this beautiful calendar of David Archuleta made by Jennifer Barry- all proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit the Crush MS movement, THANK YOU JENNIFER!!!

Brett Hales and David Archuleta

Last year during American Idol, David Archuleta needed an outside support person to combat the false rumors that were being reported about him and his family. Brett Hales became that supporter and family spokesperson and the David fan community learned to love and respect him a great deal. His good humor, generosity, kindness and positive outlook on life, despite challenging physical problems, became an inspiration to many.

Brett has had MS since 20004 and lives in Utah, a state which has one of the highest incidence rates of Multiple Sclerosis in the nation. The CRUSH MS Cause has been created to help raise money for the Utah MS Society in particular and MS in general.

Each year the Utah MS Society provides a multitude of direct services to clients: financial assistance, care management, physical health and wellness assistance, education and many others. Additionally, the Chapter invests hundreds of thousands of dollars (more than $650,000 in 2008) in research to find cures to treat, prevent and end Multiple Sclerosis. They were also able to make a commitment to the MS Society's Promise 2010 Research Campaign. The Utah Chapter is very proud of the research talent in the state which has resulted in over $1.5 million of National MS Society grants currently being awarded to Utah researchers. Their 'Bike MS' and 'Walk MS' events also raise millions for research.

David has made it very clear through his words, his actions and his music that his goal is to support and improve the human condition, to make a real difference in people's lives. He has touched the hearts of millions with his music and with his character. His fans are incredibly generous, as evidenced by the significant amounts of money that have already been raised in David's name to support important causes. The CRUSH MS Cause just happens to hit a bit closer to his home and his heart.

Whether you are a David fan, a friend of Brett and his beautiful family or whether you just know and love someone with MS, we are hopeful that you will be responsive to this request in any way that you can. You will receive a CRUSH MS wristband, 'David vs. Goliath', in honor of Brett Hales as a Thank you gift for your donation.
*Please allow 3 -5 weeks for wristband delivery*

Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXDpoK0ey-k
to see Brett and David!


We continue to hear about generous donations and efforts nationwide to support the Crush MS movement.

In just 5 short months, fans and friends of David Archuleta and Brett Hales have raised dollar by dollar, to benefit the MS Society. Not all of these donations come through this page however, so here it the breakdown:

$10,000: Cyprus Credit Union

$4, 717: Tribute page includes donations and wristband sales from concerts

$830: Facebook Cause page went to Friends of MS first

$807.50: First Quilt Auction, donated to NMSS through MissionFish

$313: Crush MS with Twitter Campaign

$250: Private Donation

Total: $16, 917.50

This is amazing! Thank you so much!

David received a hard copy update on Crush MS this summer that included many of your tributes and pictures of you wearing the wristbands. David has said that a gift to charity in his name is the best gift you can give him. He and Brett are very appreciative of your continued support.

On September 20 we will auction off two more quilts that David has signed. (See photo album) Check back here and on David fansites for a fun tribute video on that day to kick off the next phase of fundraising.

Guest Book

I would love to have pictures of you all wearing the wristband. Contact me at crushms@gmail.com when you take one and if you want to be included!

Sign the Guest Book

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Dawn TDC
Fri, May 01, 2009
I'm still find myself equally overwhelmed by David and David's fan base. I've never been more proud to be part of such a generous and kind community.
Many thanks to Julee... and hats off to Brett.

Tue, Apr 28, 2009
David is an inspiration to all of us. He makes us see how blessed we all are. My cousin died of MS at 43 yrs of age. He left four children, one of who never got a chance to know her father. He was a loving person and good father. His sister also had MS but hung on until her death at 54 yrs of age. Our family will always support, when we can, research and assistance to those with MS. Thank you David for reminding us and encouraging all of us to give of ourselves. We will always love you for not only your beautiful voice but your kindness and inspiration.

Mon, Apr 27, 2009
I have been so proud to call myself one of David's many biggest fans since AI Season 7 began. I knew from the beginning that David's spirit would inspire many... and I was right! It is because of his spirit that his fans will continue to give of ourselves. David... whether we are requesting your songs, buying your cd's, or giving in your name... we will continue to support you in any way we can. Continued Success! Mom(Julee)... you inspire me!

Mon, Apr 27, 2009
Thank you Julee and everyone else involved with this project! It's lovely to see so many wonderful people coming together to help out with such a worthy cause. I've had two people close to me deal with MS and I have seen first hand what a struggle every day can be during the difficult times. I hope that this will help us get one step closer to a cure.
I've only gotten to meet Brett a couple of times but I was immediately struck by his friendliness and positive personality and I wish him and his family all the best. I will always be grateful to David for bringing so many amazing people into my life!

Kalei - Island Archangel
Wed, Apr 22, 2009
David continues to inspire us not only with his music, but with his kind and generous spirit. I met Brett in Tulsa, and his happy, positive outlook lit up the room and made everyone smile! I cannot begin to imagine the long journey ahead for Brett and his family, but I know, without a doubt, that our FOD Family will be there supporting them every step of the way!
David - your light shines bright in this often dark and weary world. You continually remind us that we all have the power to make this world a better place!

Suzanne Payton
Tue, Apr 21, 2009
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for your support of this disease. Thanks too for making the video. You are one of a kind with such a great spirit. Love your voice; you now have become my favorite singer. Brett must be very proud to have a friend like you. I also have MS; each day is different as Brett well knows. With God's help I can make it through each day. Thanks again. Hope I get to see you in concert someday.
Love you and God Bless you David

Scott Talmadge
Tue, Apr 21, 2009
David has inspired so many people through his music and his generosity and great spirit. He truly cares about others and gives so freely of himself to help. I have met Brett and he is a terrific person .I also have relative with MS. We need to do all we can to fight this !

Angela Swartz-Archangel121
Mon, Apr 20, 2009
David has touched so many people, not only thru his music, but also in his kindness and compassion for others. He has set a wonderful example for everyone to follow. Brett your tremendous courage and strength really gives inspiration to all of us. Thanks! :)

Sun, Apr 19, 2009
It's been said many times (because it's true...) David attracts the kindest people, including Brett Ha.es and also David's fans, many of whom contribute to the causes David is most concerned about.
Making a difference, one song, one connection at a time.

Sun, Apr 19, 2009
Thanks so much for setting up this page on behalf of David and in support of his friend Brett Hales. I had the pleasure of meeting Brett and, despite his challenges, found him to be one of the most loving, kind and positive people I have ever met. He is truly an inspiration, as is David!

Sun, Apr 19, 2009
David! because of you some wonderful people came together and decided to make a difference. Thank you to julee and everyone involved. You made David proud!

Michelle Graeter
Sun, Apr 19, 2009
I'm a huge supporter of David Archuleta and his charities. I've met Bret Hales, and he's a remarkable, kind and wonderful man. I'm really thankful for amazing people like him and David and I am delighted to donate to this cause.

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