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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

Anonymous

Ms. Kimberly Ann Soto

Anonymous

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!

Update!

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!

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Jennifer Barry
Fri, Mar 19, 2010
WE DID IT!!
David Archuleta Calendar to Crush MS sale has ended:
140 calendars were sold
$500 was raised from the sale of the calendar.
In total, $626 was raised for Crush MS. $500 for the calendar, $100 for Calendar and signed David photo, $20 for David in a Singapore Magazine and a straight donation of $6.
This was a very moving fundraiser and I was inspired to do this because of Brett Hales, Julee K. and David Archuleta.
Thank you. JenLeighBarry

George Peklaris
Fri, Feb 19, 2010
You are an inspiration.
I have started an MS Initiative at my school to raise money and awareness a couple months ago. Would you be interested in performing a concert to raise money for Crush MS?

Kimberly Soto
Mon, Jan 25, 2010
I just want to Thank you guys for doing this Amazing foundation and helping so many people!
I would like to Thank David as well, and his great talkings about Chairties and letting us know every little bit helps someone in need. I'm glad I can be that Somebody Out There for someone.
My prayers go out to Bret & all the victims of MS, You are all Amazing & So Strong, I look up to you all! <3
I will be back again soon to Donate & Support! Keep up the Amazing work! & I will be definitely spreading the word via website: http://www.david-daily.com
If you ever need us please don't hesitate to contact us!

Julie
Wed, Jan 13, 2010
It is such an honor to be a fan of David's; his compassion is such an inspiration to me. I am very happy to be able to give a gift in his name. As David has said, if we all gave just a little, it could change someone's life. Brett, my prayers go out to you, your family and anyone who suffers from MS for your courage and strength, may you continually find God's Blessings, even or especially, on the difficult days.

Louise Perry
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
This is such a great cause...Please help to "Crush" MS!

candy tapp
Mon, Jul 27, 2009
thankyou for invitied me it a nice thing that you are doing i myself takes care of my disable husband.well bye for now candy from west virgina

Justin (21, New Jersey)
Mon, Jul 06, 2009
Although I don't know anyone with MS, I just want to help out those who do have this terrible disease a little bit. I am huge fan of David, and he's had such a positive impact on me. Hope this helps, and may everyone with MS, especially Brett, remain strong in their fight against this disease.
P.S. Still on cloud nine from meeting David in Newark, NJ weeks ago.

suttygal
Mon, Jun 15, 2009
About 5 yrs ago I was at a youth soccer game. One of my son's classmate's arrived helping his mother in a wheelchair. I hadnt even known that she was sick. I sat with her and she tearfully explained that she was (not so long ago) diagnosed with MS, and that it seemed to be progressing quickly at that point. She shared that they were debating moving because our MN climate was harsh in the winter, plus they didn't have relatives in the area for help and support. They moved the following fall. The children were sad to leave, but realized it was the best decision for their family. I remember asking her if there was anything I could do for her. She told me I could pray, and support research towards finding a cure.
When I came to know about Brett and his story, I was once again reminded that when your'e not in close proximity to someone to offer your (physical) help, then offering "prayers and pennies" or dollars, can be the best thing you can do!!
Thank you for your hard work and continued efforts in getting the word "out" and "donations in" to help combat this disease!!!!

tawna21 from TDC
Sun, Jun 14, 2009
Following David's career is such a joyous ride. Learning to care about others thru David's example is life-changing. So many of us (including me) have had a desire to be of service, but have never really known how to go about it. Because of David, and all of you, I/we now have the outlets available to help. Thank you.

Julie from Michigan
Wed, May 27, 2009
As a nurse for over 18 years I have taken care of many patients with MS. I remember when I first started in nursing seeing patients who had MS and how debilitating this disease was. I would say to my husband, "This is not a disease I would wish on my worst enemy!" Over the years I have known people personally who have battled MS. I have seen great strides in the battle against MS. Years ago, this diagnosis was almost surely a slow death sentence...but not anymore, thanks to the charities that fund the research that work on a cure for this! I now see many more people who are living a somewhat normal life with MS as compared to years ago. The new medicines that are now available through research are making a huge impact on slowing the progression of MS. I am more than thrilled to make a donation because I truly believe that it is making a difference in the lives of MS patients EVERY DAY! Thank you for this opportunity :)

Linda "Chickee"
Sun, May 17, 2009
I am honored to have the chance to support David and the MS Society. I've never met Brett or his family, but after watching recent videos of Brett and his lovely wife Cindy, I remember being incredibly impressed with their upbeat spirit and "salt of the earth" personalities. We applaud you Brett with your "never give up" fighting spirit. One thing that I'll never forget in hearing one particular story about your fight with MS was the day you were sick in bed and having just an awful day, and David was visiting one of your children that day and just "hanging out" in the other room. David started singing and you were overcome with emotion at hearing him and started feeling better after being filled with a spirit you couldn't describe. Your story touched my heart deeply, just as so many others relating to David have done over this last year. We are all blessed to have come to know David. God Bless you Brett; our prayers continue to be with you.

brettinmurray
Sat, May 16, 2009
Thank you...Thank you...Thank you!!! You guys are awesome! Julee...absolutely amazing!! David...thanks for supporting this wonderful cause and thanks to all of you for your kind words and your support...we are very blessed people! My family and I can't say enough about what has taken place! Without "spilling the beans"...my Credit Union (where I'm employed) is taking on a BIG part of this and I can hardly wait!!!
Brett & Family...

northernangel
Fri, May 15, 2009
Thank you Julee for all your hard work and dedication to fighting MS. My oldest cousin is struggling with the illness, so I've seen first hand how it affects someone and their family. My prayers go out to all those suffering through it. David brings out the best in us, and I truly believe that we will win this battle!

pam05
Fri, May 15, 2009
I am a huge fan of David's, he has inspired us all to make this world a better place to live in, by thinking of other's. So in honor of David's true inspiration and Brett Hales courage to battle this disease, I will gladly donate, hopefully someday they will have a cure for MS. Hang tough Brett :)

Judith Judd - For the CDC Gang
Mon, May 04, 2009
On behalf of all of Brett's friends from Counting David's Character....keep the faith. We will not forget you Brett or anyone else who is fighting MS.
Thank you David..Thank you Brett and Cindy...and thank you Julee....for
inspiring us to make a difference.

Valerie Ann (HawaiiArchAngel)
Sat, May 02, 2009
My father died of MS - and even though, at the end, we knew his death was inevitable, his loss was devastating!
I have been ill for the past two years. I lost interest in just about everything - reading, quilting, scrapbooking, and MUSIC - my most FAVORITE thing. I resigned as the Music Director and Choir Director of our Church. Then David came into my life, and along with him came INSPIRATION. His songs have touched my heart. He brought MUSIC back into my HEART. His music is now my treasure! I have gone back to Church, and while I am not yet strong enough to assume my leadership role in the Music Ministry, I currently lead the alto section in the church choir at one of the Masses. My heart is filled with gladness and a sense of accomplishment. Although I am in a wheelchair, getting up each day and working through the pain just so I can function is no longer impossible for me. I know too, that even from a wheelchair, I can help make this world a better place.
I make donations to all of David's charities and will continue to do so. Thank you so much David for all that you have done! Mahalo Nui Loa! Hope I can see you in concert some day! I wish you were reachable!
Do you know how much we love you?

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.

Lill
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.

Karin
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!

Monica
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
David:
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! :)

rapture
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.

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